Picasso's Apres la Pique linocut to auction with $60,000 estimate

Apres la Pique, a 1962 linocut print by Pablo Picasso, is the highlight of Bonhams' prints and multiples sale on October 22.

Linocut was initially developed as a fine art medium by Picasso and Matisse, who pioneered a reductive method that resulted in the destruction of the plate after it was used, making each set unique.

Picasso Apres la Pique
Apres la Pique dates from 1962

This example comes to the San Francisco sale with a $40,000-60,000 estimate.

A print from the same edition of 50 sold at Christie's in London in 2007, realising £36,500 ($73,438) against a £20,000-30,000 (£40,240-60,360) estimate.

We have this postcard of Picasso's The Absinthe Drinker for sale, signed by the artist.

Also featured is a Robert Rauschenberg mixed media work titled Sling Shots Lit#6, from the 1985 Sling Shots series, which is valued at $30,000-40,000. The work is an assemblage made from a variety of materials including sailcloth, mylar, a wooden lightbox and a fluorescent light fixture.

Rauschenberg was a pop artist best known for his "combines", works of art that incorporate mixed media and collage.

Sling shots Lit#4, a piece from the same series, sold for $32,500 at Christie's New York in 2011 - towards the upper end of its $25,000-35,000 estimate.

A David Hockney print dating from 1984-86 and titled Walking Past Two Chairs, from Moving Focus will also be offered with an estimate of $30,000-50,000.

In 2011 a proof of Walking Past Two Chairs from the edition of 38 sold for £50,400 ($80,201).

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