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1) Picasso drawing discovered in a cupboard

A Pablo Picasso drawing found in a cupboard has been sold at a French auction house for €158,000 (£135,000) or €192,759 including buyer’s premium.

Tête de femme  by Pablo Picasso

Tête de femme  by Pablo Picasso, a double-sided felt pen sketch on card signed and dated 2.6.70 – €158,000 at Aix Luberon Encheres. 

Image: Succession Picasso 2022 (via Aix Luberon Encheres).

2) A rare war-time Rolex and a pointillist picture star in our pick of five auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare pre-Oyster chronograph made by Rolex and bought in 1940 by a serviceman killed during the Second World War.

Rolex watch

The reference 3330 antimagnetic is one of the rarest pre-Oyster chronographs made by Rolex. Produced in the late 1930s and early 1940s, it features a large 37mm case with a 12-hour register – both popular today but uncommon features at the time. This example, retailed by Italian jeweller Cravanzola, is in virtually unworn condition. It was consigned for sale at Finarte in Rome on June 13 by the daughter of the original owner. He had purchased the watch c.1940 shortly before he was killed during the Second World War. Estimated at €20,000-40,000, it did rather better selling at €180,000 (£153,000).


3) First part of the Givenchy sale at Christie’s Paris an 'historic night for decorative arts'

The first in a series of auctions of items from two homes of the late fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was a white glove affair.

Givenchy sale

The first auction in a series of sales of items from two homes of the late fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was a white glove affair. The sales continue (live and online) until June 23 at Christie’s Paris.

4) Obituary: Philip Hewat-Jaboor (1953-2022)

Exhibitors and regulars of Masterpiece London are among those celebrating the extraordinary life of the late Philip Hewat-Jaboor.


The late Philip Hewat-Jaboor.

5) A 19th century sculpture and Fidel Castro's cigar box are among six lots to watch

With estimates from £800-100,000, here are six previews of upcoming items.

Cigar box

Fidel Castro cigar box with an estimate of more than £100,000.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period June 16-22, 2022.