Picasso's most celebrated works to sell in Sotheby's auction

Sotheby's will offer over 125 of Picasso's most celebrated works in private hands on November 3 in New York.

Picasso was a master printmaker, continuing to make prints throughout his career

The prints auction will provide a "comprehensive view" of Picasso's career, focusing on his etchings, linoleum cuts, sculptures, lithographs and ceramics.

The works hail from a single American collector, who assembled the career charting selection over several decades.

Estimates range from "a few thousand" to $400,000-600,000 - a valuation shared by "Portrait de Femme au Chapeau a Pompons et au Corsage Imprime" and "Portrait de Jeune Fille d'apres Cranach le Jeune", two renowned works.

Also holding the $400,000-600,000 estimate is a set of eight lithographs from 1949 that depict Francoise Gilot, one of Picasso's many lovers and muses, in varying states.

With Gilot pictured without hair, without a face and without colour, it offers the viewer a look at Picasso's methods of revising compositions.

Picasso's ceramics and plates are highly prized by collectors

Among the three dimensional works is a gold plate depicting Picasso's wife Jacqueline Roque entitled Jacqueline au Chevalet, which was created in 1956 and holds a $80,000-120,000 estimate. It shows his wife at an easel, reversing the couple's roles.

However, high-end collectors will be drawn to Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on November 4, in which Femme au Col de Forrure, a painting showing Picasso's "Golden Muse", Marie-Therese Walter, will be offered at $4m-6m.

Picasso's depictions of his 'Golden Muse' are some of the most sought after, with the artist's happiness portrayed through his energy and use of bright colours

The work was painted in 1937, two years after the birth of Picasso and Walter's daughter, Maya - a period in which Picasso's work flourished and is today hailed as one of his finest.

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