An Italian accountant, whose son bought her a raffle ticket as a Christmas ticket, won a Pablo Picasso oil painting valued at 1 million euros ($ 1.1 million) in a charity draw on Wednesday.
Claudia Borgogno expresses her astonishment in one word: “incredible”.
“I have never won anything before,” the 58-year-old told the Associated Press from his home in Ventimiglia, northern Italy. She said she liked Picasso, and the possibility of being able to hang one of the 20th-century master’s paintings on her wall was still sinking inside.
His son, Lorenzo Naso, bought two tickets in December, sending one to his mother.
“It was probably the best decision of my life,” he told AP.
The ticket was taken out in an electronic draw at the auction house Christie in Paris.
The organizers valued the painting, nature mort or still life at 1 million euros. The billionaire art collector who provided it, David Nahmad, said the work is worth “at least two, three times”.
Organizer Perry Cochin announced after Borgogno’s name and winning ticket number were shown on screen, “Claudia has won this extraordinary painting tonight and is worth a million.”
51,140 tickets sold online for every 100 euro ($ 109). The process of providing water for the villagers in Madagascar and Cameroon is underway.
The draw was originally scheduled for March but was delayed by the coronavirus epidemic. Naso told the AP that he did not realize it was happening on Wednesday and was not watching the live broadcast.
Saying on behalf of the organizers that his mother had won came as a shock.
You did not believe it.
A cameraman, wearing a protective face mask, stands in front of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso’s painting “Nature Mort, 1921”, the charity raffle official draw to nominate the winner of the Picasso oil painting at 100 euros at Christie’s auction house in Paris. before. , May 20, 2020.
“When I came and I told him he had won, he was like, I don’t joke,” he said. “She is not going to sleep tonight.”
An analyst at the EU securities markets regulator, Naso lives in Paris, but is living with his mother in Italy during the coronovirus lockdown.
“It was a terrible period for us during this lockout and now it is very good news,” he said.
Nahamad wants to pay 900,000 Euros for the work. The painting was the smallest of the 300 works by Picasso that he has, the largest private collection of works by a Spanish artist.
The Peinso signed 18in (23cm by 46cm) measuring 9in shows small still life, a newspaper and a glass absent on a wooden table. Picasso painted it in 1921.
Tickets were purchased in more than 100 countries, with wholesale sold in France, the United States, Switzerland and Italy.
1 Picasso aims to raise funds for various humanitarian projects for a 100 euro project organized by the French charity house Eider Les Autres (Help the Other).
The winner of a similar raffle in 2013 was a 25-year-old Pennsylvania fire sprinkler worker who took on Picasso’s 1914 work L’Homme au Gibus (Man with Opera Hat), which cost more than $ 1 million.