A $135 Picasso painting, valued at $1 million, was won during a worldwide online charity raffle. The proud new owner of the amazing $135 Picasso painting has been identified as Jeffrey Gonano, a 25-year-old American who is a big fan of art. As reported by AFP via Yahoo! News on Dec. 19, the $135 Picasso work of art was snagged by Gonano on Wednesday.
Gonano told news outlets that he found out about the event while he was looking for a picture to hang on his living room wall.
"I was looking for art and I thought I might as well," he said during an interview with Reuters.
Although most owners of Picasso's art are millionaires, $135 is all it took for Gonano to become a new owner of an exquisite masterpiece.
The $135 Picasso charity raffle was done as way to raise money for the historical city of Tyre, Lebanon which is an ancient Phoenician city and the legendary birthplace of Europa and Elissa. The city is known as a tourism city and it has a number of ancient sites.
French TV host Peri Cochin joined with Olivier Picasso, Pablo Picasso's grandson, to create a worldwide lottery where the winner was to receive the Pablo Picasso masterpiece, known as "L'Homme au Gibus" (Man with Opera Hat).
The first $50,000 people to purchase the $135 tickets were entered in the drawing, which took place on Dec. 18 at Sotheby's in Paris. The event, under the supervision of a Court Bailiff, was broadcast live worldwide on the web.
Regarding the $135 Picasso raffle, Olivier Picasso gave the following statement:
"Everything innovative would interest him, I think that Pablo Picasso was a pioneer, pioneer in his personal life, in his sentimental life, in his creations. He's also a pioneer in all forms of creation… and would have, I think, been amused to be involved in such a popular operation."
Although Olivier never got a chance to meet his legendary grandfather, he has written several books about Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.
"In many ways he was excited about exploration, so for sure being the first one to be in a raffle would be exciting but more seriously he was really concerned by other people's problems.
"In the '50s for example he was receiving something like 100 requests per day for money, for participations, for a gift and I've been told most of the requests were answered," he told media sources.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, better known as Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 and he died at the age of 91 in 1973. Although he was widely known as a painter, he was also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer.
He usually painted from imagination or memory, and worked in many different styles throughout his career. Although he used color as an expressive element, he relied on drawing rather than subtleties of color to create form and space, Wikipedia explains.