Picasso Painting Sells For $40.7 Million At Auction A Pablo Picasso painting depicting his young lover Marie-Therese Walter has sold at a London auction. The painting shows Walter, Picasso's mistress and model for several paintings, asleep in an armchair.
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Picasso Painting Sells For $40.7 Million At Auction

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Picasso Painting Sells For $40.7 Million At Auction

Picasso Painting Sells For $40.7 Million At Auction

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with an update on the Picasso painting said to have cost the artist his marriage. It depicted his young mistress partly nude, and it sold for $40 million, double the low estimate. That buying frenzy was fueled, perhaps, by the flames of passion fanned by the auctioneer. He highlighted the illicit affair first revealed by the painting. The artist, said the auctioneer, could no longer repress the creative impulse his lover inspired.

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