Offbeat Charitable lottery: with a ticket for 100 euros, an Italian woman picks up a painting by Picasso

02:00  21 may  2020
02:00  21 may  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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"A Picasso for 100 euros": something for art lovers to dream of. Fate designated an Italian woman on Wednesday. The canvas "Still Life", painted in 1921 by the brilliant Spanish, came back to him, thanks to a ticket he had been offered.

The electronic draw, broadcast live on the Internet, took place in very small groups at Christie's in Paris. It had been organized by the NGO Care, to finance water access projects in Africa. In total, some 5.1 million euros were subscribed.

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The judicial officer had by his side only Péri Cochin, initiator of the project, Emanuela Croce, director of communication for CARE, and representatives of the Succession Picasso and the Picasso Administration who authorized the operation.

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"Still Life", a geometric composition from 1921 representing a piece of newspaper and a glass of absinthe, had been valued at one million euros. It was recently at the entrance to the Picasso Museum in Paris, in the heart of the Marais.

The French have shown themselves to be the most supportive

Care's project was to "bring clean water to 200,000 people in Madagascar, Cameroon and Morocco". 200,000 100-euro tickets had been on sale for months on 1picasso100euros.com . Wednesday evening, the site invited to leave its email address to be informed of the 2021 edition.

Funds have been raised in more than a hundred countries, said Péri Cochin. Over 51,000 people paid 100 euros to participate. The French were the most supportive with 29% participation, followed by the Americans (21%) and the Swiss (19%). “20 million euros was very ambitious. With more than 5 million, we achieved an exceptional result for a very complicated operation in a very complicated period ”, reacted to Emanuela Croce.

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The woman won the painting in a charity raffle that raised money for African water projects. " Picasso would have loved an operation like this because he was someone with a lot of interest in humanitarian and social causes," Peri Cochin, organizer of the event, told Reuters news agency.

Overcoming distrust

“We had to reassure that it was a real operation with a real Picasso, it seemed too good to be true. A certain distrust may have slowed sales at the start, ”she said. She welcomed the realization that "water is crucial for health" in times of a pandemic. "It is all the more important that one in three people on earth does not have access to drinking water," she noted.

4.2 million euros for the Care

project One million euros was to be paid to the owner of the painting, collector David Nahmad, but he decided to make a move and only charge for the work 900,000 euros. 4.2 million euros will finance the Care project.

In 2013, the organizers of this lottery had tested the concept, managing to raise a little less for a renovation project in the Lebanese city of Tire, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An American, Jeffrey Gonano, from Pennsylvania, had been the lucky winner of another work by Pablo Picasso.

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