Pablo Picasso turned in an impressive $334.9 million in auction house sales in 2012 — with his highest selling work, Nature morte aux tulips (Still life with tulips) fetching $41.5 million at Sotheby’s New York. The 1932 masterpiece features the head of his mistress and muse Marie-Therese Walter in a sensual still life arrangement of tulips and fruits. It’s not just the beauty of the painting, however, that impressed potential buyers, but its provenance. It had previously been owned by mega-art-collector Francois Pinault and was offered at auction by Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn.
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