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In the News: Art Lottery Winner is Mega-Lucky

picasso lottery l'homme au gibus

Pictured: Pablo Picasso, "L'Homme au Gibus" or Man with Opera Hat, 1914.  Painted with gouache on paper, 30.5 cm x 24 cm.  

A 25-year-old Pennsylvania man held the golden ticket after winning a one of a kind art raffle.

His prize: a small sketch by Pablo Picasso.  The winning raffle entry was drawn at a charity auction run by Sotheby’s in Paris, which estimated the artwork’s value at nearly $1 million.

The raffle, One Picasso for 100 Euros, was a benefit for Tyre, a city in Southern Lebanon that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  “The World Heritage Site List includes 981 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value,” according to the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organizations website.  However, the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) nearly destroyed the Biblical-era city.  An international association committed to restoring Tyre purchased the work of art from a gallery in New York City before offering 50,000 raffle tickets for sale.

Jeffrey Gonano is a “project manager for a fire sprinkler company in Wexford, Pennsylvania,” according to the New York Times.  See the story here

The Ringling is looking forward to the opportunity to showcase another sketch by Picasso in upcoming special exhibition Intent to Deceive, opening May 2014.

If you could enter to win any piece of art in the world – which would you choose, and why?  Leave your insight below.

Author: The Ringling
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