24 Sep, 2009

Picasso’s doodle is a dark horse

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Private collector’s felt-tip sketch by Pablo Picasso thought to have taken seconds to produce

A doodle of a horse in felt-tip pen that must have taken no more than seconds to produce is expected to sell for more than £20,000 at auction.

The sketch by Pablo Picasso appears on a ripped-out page of a book of photographs of the great Spanish artist.

Auction house Duke’s, in Dorchester in Dorset, is selling the doodle, which is owned by a private collector based in Britain.

Auctioneer Guy Schwinge said: “Many collectors have an ambition to own a work by Picasso — one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

“This is a strong drawing with immediate appeal and is likely to go to someone with a passion for horses who likes the idea of owning an original work by Picasso.”

The picture comes with a letter from Picasso’s daughter, Maya Widmaier, saying it is authentic.

Picasso drew horses throughout his career, perhaps most memorably the terrified, violated horse in Guernica.

The doodle that is being auctioned is much gentler. The horse stands still with its hind legs apparently crossed.

It appeared on a page of a book of photographs featuring Picasso by the renowned American photographer David Douglas Duncan which was published in 1959.

The auction takes place on 1 October at Duke’s and collectors from around the world are expected to bid. Other artists’ work to be sold at the auction include Damien Hirst and Turner.

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