A different sort of Picasso - photos expected to net $11,700 at Bonhams

Four images of the celebrated Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), are to be sold at Bonhams as part of its Photographs Sale in London on May 19.

Three of the pictures - Picasso in front of 'La Chute d'Icare', Vallauris, 1957; Picasso à Vallauris, October, 1953; and Les Yeux de Picasso, Cannes, 1956 - were taken by French photographer, André Villers.

Picasso struck up a great friendship with Villers following a chance meeting on a street in Vallauris, France, in 1953, when Villers stopped to take Picasso's picture. Each photograph has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £1,500 - 2,000.

The fourth image was taken by German photographer, Werner Bokelberg. Entitled Picasso at St Tropez, 1965, it is estimated at £1,000 - 1,200. All four pieces are sure to appeal to art and photography investors.

Picasso in front of ‘La Chute d’Icare’, Vallauris, 1957


The sale also features portraits of icons, including Brigitte Bardot by British photographer Terry O'Neill, which has a high end estimate of £3,000; Jean Shrimpton in New York in 1962 by David Bailey, which is expected to achieve £9,000; and Marilyn Monroe in her famous 'Last Sitting' by Bert Stern, set to make £1,500.


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