In this photo released by Christie's Auction House in New York, "Nude Green Leaves, and Bust," a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, is shown. The painting was sold at auction by Christie's in New York Tuesday May 4, 2010, to an unidentified telephone bidder for $106.5 million, setting a new world record for any work of art sold at auction. (AP Photo/Christie's, New York) NO SALES Original Filename: Picasso_NYR107.jpg
A 1932 Picasso painting of his mistress has sold for $106.5 million at a New York City auction, a world record price for any work of art sold at auction.
"Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold at Christie's Tuesday evening to an unidentified telephone bidder. It had been estimated at $70 million to $90 million.
The striking work of Marie-Therese Walker has been exhibited in the United States only once, in 1961 in Los Angeles, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Picasso's birth.
The painting had belonged to the late California art patron Frances Lasker Brody, who purchased it in the 1950s. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., where she been on the board.
The previous record for a work of art at auction was $104.3 million for a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti on Feb. 3.