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Picasso Plate Expected to be Top Lot at Multi-Estate Auction

by Gregory Watkins (02/19/13).

This silver plate with image of a bull’s head by Pablo Picasso and cast by Francois and Peter Hugo, is expected to see bids of $30,000 to $50,000.

NEW ORLEANS – A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso and cast by Francois and Peter Hugo of Paris in the mid-1950s is the anticipated top lot of a multi-estate sale planned for March 2 and 3.

The auction, hosted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, will feature nearly 1,500 lots, including a number of fine-art, Asian art, and gold coins, jewelry, furniture and clocks.

The plate, numbered 6 of 20 and titled “Tete de Taureau” (“Head of Bull”), is verso-stamped “Picasso” and the rim carries the Hugo mark. It is expected to see bids of
$30,000 to $50,000.

In addition, the sale will contain items from the collection of retired New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons football player Bobby Hebert, as well as numerous local and Southern estates and a major Spanish art collection featuring works including an oil on board by Manuel Marola (Spain, 1905-1986), titled “Abstract Composition.”

Several high-end pieces will also feature prominently in the sale. They include a pair of mid-20th century uncarved elephant ivory tusks, estimated at $6,000 to $9,000 and a late 19th-century Chinese Export gilded-filigree silver-and-enamel tea caddy with turquoise and coral stone accents, estimated at $600 to $900.

Previews will be held from Thurs., Feb. 21, through Friday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sunday. The Wed., Feb. 27 preview will last until 8 p.m. Bidding will begin at 9 a.m. CST on each day. Live Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

An online catalogue of all lots is available at Crescent City Auction Gallery’s website.

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