Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers has sold for $160m in New York. That’s a new world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction!
The cubist oil painting is part of series of 15 works by the artist, created in 1954-55. Women of Algiers version 0 is an example of an Arabesque study, and explores the nature of colour, line and composition.
Picasso had a great admiration for Eugene Delacroix, the French romantic painter who painted the original Women of Algiers in 1834. He started work on the 15 paintings after the death of his friend Henri Matisse.
You can see the painting and find out about the sale here on the Christie’s auction house web site