Scottsdale art gallery to auction rare Picasso original print

It is extremely rare to find a real Picasso of any quality for sale, and equally as rare to find someone who wants to sell it.

“Tete de Femme: Jacqueline au Chapeau de Paill,” was painted by Picasso in 1962. The value is estimated between $80,000 and $120,000. (Courtsey Larsen Art Gallery)

“Tete de Femme: Jacqueline au Chapeau de Paill,” was painted by Picasso in 1962. The value is estimated between $80,000 and $120,000. (Courtsey Larsen Art Gallery)

The Larsen Gallery, a national leader in the secondary art market for more than 20 years, has acquired a rare print from Picasso’s “Tete de Femme” series.

The print will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the Larsen Art Auction to be held at WestWorld as part of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships on Oct. 24.

To celebrate the rare and momentous find, and to kick-off the 2015 Larsen Art Auction, the gallery is hosting the Picasso Party 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Larsen Gallery. As part of the evening, guests will enjoy music by Doc Jones and Friends and cuisine courtesy of Nush restaurant.

The Larsen Gallery is located at 3705 N. Bishop Lane in Scottsdale. Those planning to attend should RSVP at rsvp@LarsenGallery.com.

“Tete de Femme: Jacqueline au Chapeau de Paille” translates to “Head of Woman: Jacqueline in a Straw Hat.” Jacqueline was Picasso’s muse and much younger second wife. The Picasso is expected to sell for more than $100,000 at this year’s auction.

The Larsen Gallery has also secured other prominent pieces for its 2015 Larsen Art Auction including a coveted 1959 Milton Avery painting, “Bare Tree Green Sea,” among other noteworthy works.

The gallery is currently accepting consignments for its 2015 auction. Consignors are invited to contact the Larsen Gallery at 480-941-0900 or email consignments@larsengallery.com to get information on artwork they wish to consign.

“The 2014 Larsen Art Auction was a huge success,” said Scott Larsen, owner of the Larsen Art Gallery and Art Auction. “With 700 registered bidders from 46 states and 33 countries, including bidders from as far away as Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Larsen Art Auction sold 84 percent of the available lots. With a backdrop of the McDowell Mountains, fashion shows and polo matches, — it was truly a unique art experience.”

The 2015 Larsen Art Auction will be held inside a private VIP bidding tent at WestWorld as part of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Tickets and tables will soon be available at the www.thepoloparty.com.

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