Sean Connery’s £15million Picasso painting is up for auction
A Picasso painting owned by Sir Sean Connery is set to fetch £15million at auction to help Scottish charities.
The late James Bond star’s family are selling the artwork after he asked for a philanthropic trust to be sent on his behalf after his death.
The Sean Connery Philanthropic Fund will donate money to good causes in Scotland and the Bahamas where the star lived with his wife Micheline for more than 30 years.
The Edinburgh-born actor bought Bust of a Man in a Frame by Picasso a few years before he died aged 90 in 2020.
The 1969 painting will be sold at Christie’s 20th and 21st Century Art Sale auction house in Hong Kong on May 26.
Connery’s son-in-law, Stéphane Connery, artistic adviser, said: “Sean loved and owned many works by Picasso. Seeing “Bust of a Man in a Frame”, he was captivated by its expressive power and freedom.
“We are working to create a fund that will provide support to organizations that reflect Sean’s interests and passions.”
The painting is one of the Spanish artist’s musketeer portraits and is described as “one of the finest”.
Adrien Meyer of Christie’s said: “It is a privilege for Christie’s to have been entrusted by the family of Sir Sean Connery with the sale of this fabulous self-portrait by Picasso.”
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