An incredible Picasso creation is expected to fetch up to $633,000 at Sotheby’s London. This time the auctioned item is a hand-painted ring the iconic artist made for his lover.
The lucky future owner will possess a piece of history: the ring represents the dramatic love affair between Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso. Created by the Spanish painter as an apology, Bague de Forme Ovale Portrait de Dora Maar was made during the time Picasso was working on his Guernica canvas.
The ring boasts a portrait of Maar in ink and colored pencil on paper. The tiny creation was then set in a metal frame surrounded by enamel flowers. A cherished memento, the piece remained in Maar’s personal collection until her death in 1997.
The unique ring is believed to be auctioned off as part of Sotheby’s “Actual Size” auction, which will feature seven other items by Picasso.
“Sometimes the smallest of things can contain a universe of thought and emotion,” said Thomas Bompard, the curator of the “Actual Size” auction. “So it is with this ring—an intimate piece that allows us a captivating glimpse into secrets that might otherwise not be shared.”