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It’s definitely not a blue period for hotel as it sells Picassos for R1,5bn

Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel has sold a number of the artist’s works to make space for art by marginalised people

Jill Serjeant

Eleven Picasso paintings and other works that helped turn Las Vegas into an unlikely destination for art were auctioned at the weekend for more than $100m (about R1,5bn).

The Sotheby’s sale was held at the Bellagio hotel, where the works had been on display for years, and took place two days before the 140th birthday of the Spanish artist on October 25.

Five of the paintings had hung on the walls of the Bellagio’s fine-dining restaurant, Picasso. The restaurant will continue to display 12 other Picasso works...

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