Picasso's autographed 'Don Quixote' art is priced $6,000

Art collectors around the world will be keen to get a look-in at Phillips De Pury's Modern and Contemporary Editions sale in New York, later today.

The auction begins at 10am in the US, with live internet bidding available for collectors and bidders who can't make it to the saleroom.

Among the highlights is a signed and numbered (27 of 50) Pablo Picasso artwork from 1968. The print, 347 Series: Don Quichotte, Sancho et un 'Mousquetaire', is autographed by Picasso himself in pencil.

The work is one of 17 artist's proofs, and one of 50 printed by Aldo and Piero Crommelynck and published by Galerie Louise Leiris in Paris.

According to the seller, the print has the palest mat staining and very pale scattered foxing along its lower sheet edge, but is otherwise in very good condition and framed.

Pablo Picasso's Don Quichotte, Sancho et un 'Mousquetaire'

Picasso's print - whose title translates as "Don Quixote, Sancho and a 'Musketeer' sweetheart looking to spend a cart pulled by a masked man" - carries a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Signed prints, especially by an artist as renowned as Picasso, can offer excellent entry-level investments for new and experienced collectors alike.

Of course, original artworks remain even more sought after. Elsewhere on the market, collectors with an interest in Picasso's life and works can find this pen and ink self-portrait by Françoise Gilot.

Gilot is perhaps best known as Picasso's muse; yet she was one of the most respected artists of the emerging School of Paris. The work demonstrates her abstract style, largely inspired by her lover Picasso.


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