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Sotheby’s Auction Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover

28 June 2017

Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover

The ring hand-painted by Picasso for his lover Dora Maar is an exquisite piece of art.

Other piece of art auctioned by Sotheby’s London on June 21st. Expected to sell between $400,000 and $650,000, the ring has exceeded every expectation.

The ring featured a tiny portrait of Dora Maar hand-painted by the artist himself. Apparently Pablo Picasso gave Maar the ring as a sign of an apology.

Set in metal composite frame, the remarkable piece of art belonged to his long-standing muse Dora Maar. Painted by the artist the ring carries the hallmarks of his most expensive works.

The piece of jewelry remained in Dora Maar’s personal collection until her death in 1997. Among all Picasso’s many muses, few had as much influence on his artistic career or personal life like the French photographer, painted and poet, Dora Maar.

After her death, lots of works by the famous artist came onto the market from on her personal collection. In fact, Christie’s auction sold on May 15, 2017 a portrait of Dora Maar painted by the artist for his birthday, for $45 million.

The ring comes with a beautiful backstory, in which Picasso gave her the ring as a sign of an apology.

What is the story behind the ring?

Their relationship, like many others, had its ups and downs and went through shifting tides of anguish and callousness.

Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover
Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover

One time, during on promenade on the Pont Neuf, they had a bit of an argument. The artist accused his mistress for having prevailed on him to give a work of art in return of a cabochon ruby ring.

In the heat of the moment, she dropped the ring into the River Seine, in an attempt to silence Picasso.

After seeing the rash of her actions, she began looking for the ring, in hopes to recover it, but without any luck.

Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover
Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover

Picasso regretted what he had said, made a ring designed and crafted by his own hands.

In Picasso and Dora, a biography written by James Lord, an American who lived in Paris after World War II and became friends with both, there is a mention about this incident.

“He reproached her for having prevailed on him to give a work of art in exchange for a bauble,” Lord writes, “where upon Dora took the ring from her finger and threw it into the Seine, silencing her lover. She later regretted having been so impulsive.

A few months afterwards, the riverbed at that spot was being dredged, and for several days Dora haunted the spot, in hopes of recovering her ring.

Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover
Sotheby’s Sold the Ring Hand-Painted By Picasso for His Lover

But it was lost for good. And through Picasso’s fault. . . . So she kept at him until he created a ring of his own design for her.”

When did he make the ring?

The ring, made during the height of Picasso’s artistic prowess, when worked at this iconic Guernica canvas, depicting the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.

Now it sold for $ 737,311 on June 21st at Sotheby’s to an anonymous buyer.

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