Pablo Picasso’s The Rescue sold for US$31.5 million at auction in New York.
The colourful 1932 oil painting, known in French as Le Sauvetage, fetched far more on Wednesday than its US$14 million-to-US$18 million estimated price.
The Rescue led the bidding on Wednesday at a Sotheby’s sale of impressionist and modern art. The auction house sold 50 pieces, raising about US$219 million.
It was the second straight night a painting by the Spanish Cubist master changed hands for a big price. Picasso’s 1942 painting of his mistress in a purple dress titled Portrait of Dora Maar sold on Tuesday for US$22.5 million at Christie’s.
Henri Matisse’s Morning Session, a 1924 oil of the artist’s assistant, Henriette Darricarrere, sold for US$19.2 million. Claude Monet’s Japanese Bridge went for US$15.8 million. His On the Cliff at Pourville netted US$8.2 million.