Picasso that belonged to Sean Connery, the first James Bond, is auctioned – Diario Zócalo

Mexico City.- More curious than expensive for now is the auction that the auction house Christie’s just announced for this week at its Hong Kong headquarters. It is about “Buste d’homme dans un cadre”, by Pablo Picassoa work belonging to the estate of the heirs of Sir Sean Connery. The 1969 work will be the star of the nightly sale of art dedicated to the 20th and 21st centuries, which will take place this Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. A painting “with a license to kill”.

With the James Bond soundtrack as a backdrop, Christie’s recorded a video that shows the connection between the famous painter from Malaga and the great actor, considered by many to be the best 007 in Hollywood cinema. Connery, who died in 2020 at the age of 90 and had been collecting art since the 1980s, bequeathed a collection including this painting that will go on sale with an estimated base price of HK$150 million, equivalent to to US$19 million US dollars. This “icon of icons”, owned by the estate of Sir Sean Connery, will be partially auctioned off for the benefit of the actor’s philanthropy fund.


In the information from the auction house, they point out that “due to its orderly composition, graceful and decisive lines, and intensity of expression, this canvas is one of the finest and most striking paintings by the artist from the last decade of his life.”