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Picasso 'at home' in renovated Parisian museum

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - "Every act of creation is first an act of destruction," said Pablo Picasso, a fitting aphorism for the five-year renovation of the Picasso Museum in Paris now reaching its finale. Since 2009, art lovers in the city that Spanish-born Picasso adopted as his own have been turned away from the doors of the Hotel Sale on the Right Bank, the sight of cranes and scaffolding replacing that of Minotaurs and guitars.

British Museum buys 2 sets of linocuts by Spanish master Picasso

London, Jan 8 (EFE).- The British Museum has purchased two sets of linocuts that Spanish master Pablo Picasso made at the age of 80 in 1962, the BBC reported Wednesday. The sets feature the prints "Still Life Under the Lamp" and "Jacqueline Reading," a portrait of Jacqueline Roque, the artist's last wife and muse. The portrait of Roque is one of the more than 70 works by Picasso that feature her engaged in different activities, such as knitting, petting her dog, dressed in traditional Spanish attire or naked.

Picasso drawing valued at $1 mn raffled for $140

Paris, Dec 19 (EFE).- A U.S. man paid 100 euros ($140) to enter an online raffle to raise funds for preservation efforts in Tyre, Lebanon, and wound up winning a Picasso drawing valued at $1 million. The 1914 work "L'homme au Gibus" ("Man with Opera Hat") was raffled off Wednesday evening among almost 50,000 people who participated in the drawing, and organizers collected some 5 million euros (about $7 million) for the preservation project, the promoter of the initiative, Peri Cochin, told Efe.

American dines out to celebrate Picasso win

The American who won a $1 million Picasso painting in an international raffle told AFP on Thursday that he celebrated with a dinner out on the town. Jeffrey Gonano, 25, a project manager with a fire sprinkler contracting company in Pittsburgh, said he couldn't believe it when the organizers telephoned him Wednesday to say he had won. "I saw a news article online and I just happened to be looking for a piece of art for my house and I thought this would be interesting so I just bought a ticket for it," he said.

Million-dollar Picasso sold at charity raffle for 100 euros

By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - A million-dollar drawing by Pablo Picasso was snapped up on Wednesday by a 25 year-old American art lover at a online charity raffle for a mere 100 euros ($140). Jeffrey Gonano said he had been looking for a picture to hang on his living room wall when he read a news article about "L'Homme au Gibus" ("Man with Opera Hat"), raffled by Sotheby's in Paris.

$1mn Picasso yours for just $135

Still stumped for a Christmas present? Then what about an exquisite $1 million Picasso for the living room, yours for just $135 at an online charity raffle. The perfectly preserved Cubist gouache was bought by an anonymous donor from a New York gallery and given to a charity working to save the ancient city of Tyre in southern Lebanon. The UNESCO-registered charity has issued 50,000 tickets at 100 euros ($135) each for the first-of-its-kind tombola on December 18 at Sotheby's in Paris, hoping to raise $5 million.

Holocaust survivor's art collection on sale for $170 mn

The art collection of a Holocaust survivor who became one of the foremost Pablo Picasso dealers goes on sale in New York next month for an expected $170 million. The 160 drawings, paintings and sculptures owned by Jan Krugier include Old Masters and 20th century European masterpieces, as well as Latin American and African art. Auction house Christie's expects the collection to fetch around $170 million when it goes under the hammer as individual lots on November 4-5.

Model for Chicago Picasso sculpture could fetch $35 million: Christie's

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A model for the cubist sculpture that Pablo Picasso gave to the city of Chicago could fetch as much as $35 million when it is sold at auction next month - a record for a sculpture by the artist, Christie's said on Wednesday. Picasso never visited Chicago but he admired the city and donated a 50-foot-tall (15-meter) steel work, which was completed in 1967 and sits in the city's Daley Plaza.

Exhibition in Berlin shows Picasso's passion for women and bulls

Berlin, Sep 12 (EFE).- A new exhibition at Berlin's Kupferstichkabinett Museum provides visitors with a window into Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's passion for women and bulls via 180 prints, drawings, paintings and other works. "Pablo Picasso: Women, Bulls and Old Masters," which opens on Friday and runs until Jan. 12, 2014, includes works from the museum's holdings and others from public and private collections.

Granddaughter puts Picasso muse nudes on show

As a child, Pablo Picasso's granddaughter Marina often found herself shut out of his sumptuous Cannes villa "La Californie". Four decades after his death, the gates of the house she inherited, along with thousands of his art works, are always promptly opened to visitors. "Living in this house, unconsciously perhaps it's a way of recapturing lost time in a place where we were once excluded," says Marina, who for many years struggled to accept "an inheritance given without love".
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