Christie’s New York estimated that Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting “Les Femmes d’Alger (Type O)” would sell for about $140 million. It turns out their appraisers shortchanged the painting by $39 million.
Scientists and art experts finally know what’s beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand.
Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he?
It may be a case of art to ashes – and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings – including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet – contains paint, canvas and nails.