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    Degas, Picasso sculptures bring record prices in NY

    NEW YORK (AFP) – A sculpture by Edgar Degas sold on Thursday for USD41.6 million at Christie’s in New York, the highest price paid at auction for a work by the French artist, while a bronze by Pablo Picasso also broke a record.

    The Degas sculpture is a delicate bronze with a brown patina depicting a young ballerina in a muslin skirt with a ribbon in her hair. It is not the original but a cast made by Adrien-Aurelien Hebrard 10 years after the 1917 death of the impressionist.

    That did not stop it from setting a new record for Degas, easily topping the previous high of EUR22.2 million set by another version of the same work in 2015.

    The sculpture that sold on Thursday was one of 12 pieces from the collection of Anne Bass, an American businesswoman who died in 2020.

    Among her collection were two paintings by American expressionist Marc Rothko, of which Untitled (Shades of red) sold for USD66.8 million, and three works by Claude Monet. His Parlement, soleil couchant, a dark but luminous oil on canvas, sold for USD75.96 million.

    Christie’s also announced that Picasso’s Tete de femme (Fernande) became the artist’s most expensive bronze ever sold at auction, at USD48.48 million.

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