Have We Reached Peak Picasso?

Picasso has proven nearly impervious to the art market’s boom-bust cycles, dipping only twice in the past decade and improving in recovery each time, according to the art economist Roman Kräussl, a professor of finance at the University of Luxembourg. The high-water mark was set in May 2015, when the record-smashing Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) (1955) fetched $179.3m at Christie’s New York. Kräussl’s index of Picasso paintings sold in evening sales in London and New York between 1998 and 2017 suggests that this year could surpass even the previous peak, if early trends continue. “Picasso seems to be a strong blue-chip investment”, Kräussl says, adding: “As always, collectors should enjoy the work while it steadily increases in value.”

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