A drawing by Henri Matisse has been auctioned in Manosque, France, for an amount of 220,000 euros. Auction house Ivoire announced this on Saturday. The drawing hung above a wardrobe for years, without the owner knowing its value.
The identity of the buyer of this 1938 charcoal drawing has not been disclosed. The work was valued at around €300,000 and is entitled “Portrait of Hélène Mercier, born Princess Galitzine”. Mercier was one of Matisse’s favorite models in the late 1930s.
The drawing was lost after it was exhibited at a retrospective devoted to the artist in Philadelphia in 1948. It wasn’t until about a year ago, when the last owner offered it to the auctioneer to have it appraised, that the drawing revealed its secrets.