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Arts: Woman wins Picasso painting worth €1m in raffle

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An Italian woman has won a painting by Pablo Picasso, worth about €1m (£900,000; $1.1m), in a raffle after being given the ticket as a gift.

The winning ticket was pulled out during a live draw at Christie’s auction house in Paris.

The event, which was fundraising for Care charity, had been postponed twice – first to sell more tickets, and then because of coronavirus restrictions.

The prize painting, Nature Morte, is a still life from 1921.

It is a relatively small artwork – measuring 9in by 18in (23cm by 46cm) – which shows a glass of absinthe and a newspaper on a table.

In total €5.1m was raised for the charity by selling 51,000 raffle tickets at €100 each. About 29% of the tickets were sold in France, followed by the US and Switzerland.


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