Indre-et-Loire: at the flea market, they buy Picasso for 4 euros without knowing it

Two plates were recently bought for four euros in a garage sale by a couple in Indre-et-Loire.

They are in fact the work of Pablo Picasso, and have just been resold at auction for 6,900 euros.

A TF1 team was on site and met the bargain hunter who made this obviously happy find.

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A search on the Internet reveals that, to purchase an earthenware plate made by Pablo Picasso online, it will cost you between 6,800 and 14,000 euros. A couple from Joué-lès-Tours (Indre-et-Loire) bought two, for the modest sum of 4 euros, at a flea market. Without having the slightest idea. They were resold on Wednesday, May 2, for a total of 6,900 euros during an auction on the local Drouot site, which was packed to the brim.

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Initially, the lucky bargain hunters were convinced that they were common copies. But when in doubt, they had the good idea to submit them to the expertise of the Giraudeau auction house. “There is a mark on the back of the plates, on which it is written ‘MADOURA plein feu’ and ‘Empreinte original de Picasso’. It is a stamp which authenticates the plate. Picasso did not make it by hand , but this is the principle of an engraving. There are between 50 and 400 copies.indicates to TF1, in the news report to be seen at the top of this article, Me Mériadec Dehen, the auctioneer who will lead the auction.

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These ceramics, dating from the mid-20th century, are the result of a twenty-year-long collaboration between the Spanish artist and the Madoura workshop, in Vallauris (Alpes-Maritimes). They remain particularly popular with amateurs. Which explains, in this case, why one went for 3,500 euros, then the other for 3,400 in the process. Both acquired by a Parisian collector.

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“The maximum estimate that we were given was 2,000 euros, so we thought it was going to stop there. It’s exceptional! For us, especially. It’s a great find and a great story”, rejoices, under cover of anonymity, at the microphone of TF1, the saleswoman. Who is now thinking of treating themselves to the trip of their dreams to South Africa with this nest egg.


Hamza HIZZIR | TF1 report Mathieu Rio, Charlotte Sebire

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