Picasso Painting Sells at Auction for Record-Breaking $179 Million

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.

Mysterious Hidden Portrait Discovered Under Existing Pablo Picasso Painting

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?

Works by Matisse, Picasso and Monet Feared Burned by Art Thief's Mother

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.