Vanity Fair Charts Difficulties of Managing Picasso Estate

March 9th, 2016

Vanity Fair has an expansive article on the issues at the heart of the Picasso estate, noting the massive body of work the artist left behind (all without a will), the frequent conflicts among family members to maintain and manage his works, and the lack of proper authentication resources over the artist’s work.  “The heirs have decided not to publish for the time being a catalogue raisonné as objects surface still which were not catalogued,” says one dealer, nothing that authentication requests “are very often not professionally formulated. On the average 900 requests are filed yearly. Verifications of the information provided sometimes can be labor-intensive. Artworks need often to be examined in the flesh.”

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