Intimate Images of Picasso by His Friend, Andre Villers, to Sell at Bonhams

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LONDON.- Four images of the celebrated Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), are to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of its Photographs Sale on 19 May 2011. Three of the pictures – Picasso in front of ‘La Chute d’Icare’, Vallauris, 1957; Picasso à Vallauris, October, 1953; and Les Yeux de Picasso, Cannes, 1956 – were taken by French photographer, André Villers, with whom Picasso struck up a great friendship following a chance meeting on a street in Vallauris, France, in 1953, when Villers stopped to take Picasso’s picture. Each photograph has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000. The fourth image was taken by German photographer, Werner Bokelberg. Entitled Picasso at St Tropez, 1965, it is estimated at £1,000 – 1,200. The sale also features portraits of icons including: Brigitte Bardot by British photographer Terry O’Neill (estimate £2,000 – 3,000); Jean Shr