Picasso's wartime 'tomatoes' may fetch 15 million pounds at auction
Picasso painted the artwork in 1944. Pic/AFP
London: Famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's artwork depicting a tomato plant growing on his windowsill, painted during the Nazi occupation of Paris, is estimated to fetch a whopping 15 million pounds at an auction in the UK.
Picasso painted the artwork in 1944, weeks before Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation. Blacklisted by the Nazis, Picasso was banned from exhibiting his wartime work in public. The painting represents hardships of war – Parisians were forced to grow their own produce as food was scarce – and the resilience of the human spirit.
The painting was first bought 1947 by Stephen Carlton Clark, founder of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Following his death, a private collector purchased it in 1976. He is now selling the piece on March 1 for 10-15 million pounds.
Adolf Hitler's personal phone, recovered from the Fuhrer bunker in Berlin after the fall of the Nazi regime, sold at an auction in the US for $243,000. Described as "the most destructive weapon of all time, which sent millions to their deaths", the phone was put up for sale at the auction starting at $100.000. On the back of the phone, the name Adolf Hitler is clearly seen in capital letters, engraved next to the eagle and the swastika, the symbol of the Nazi Party.