Auction House Christie's broke the world record for a piece of art overnight, selling a work by famed Spanish painter Pablo Picasso for a massive $179 million U.S dollars, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Pablo Picasso's Les Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') realized $179,365,000, a #worldauctionrecord for any work of art ever sold at auction- Christie's (@ChristiesInc) May 11, 2015
The 1955 Picasso, titled 'The Women of Algiers' was originally purchased in 1954 as part of a collection of 15 works for $212,000 USD, before being sold off separately. In 1997, the same painting sold for $31 million USD, meaning the anonymous seller just turned a very tidy profit.
'The Women of Algiers' is one of the final Picasso's still in private hands.