“I have never won anything before.” Asked in the columns of the Guardian, Claudia Borgogno seems to have a hard time believing it. This 58-year-old Italian woman, from Ventimiglia, is the big winner of a somewhat special lottery that allowed her to win a Picasso painting estimated at one million euros for … a ticket for 100 euros. This ticket was given to him by his son for Christmas. It had been put up for sale for this charity lottery for which 51,140 tickets were sold. In total, more than 5 million euros were raised. This money will be used to provide water to villages in Cameroon and Madagascar through projects of the NGO Care.
The lottery draw was originally scheduled for March 30, but has been postponed due to the epidemic. It finally took place in a select committee on the Paris premises of the auction house Christie’s on May 20. Picasso’s work belonged to the American art dealer David Nahmad. Called “Still Life”, it represents a newspaper and a glass of absinthe on a wooden table and was painted in 1921 by Picasso. According to David Nahmad, it would be worth two to three times more than its current estimate of one million dollars. The art dealer agreed to touch only 900,000 euros for this sale.
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Residents of more than 100 countries have purchased tickets for this lottery, particularly in France, the United States, Switzerland and Italy. “When I arrived and told her that she had won, she said to me, 'Please don't joke,' says Claudia Borgogno's son. In 2013, a similar lottery, again with a Picasso painting, was won by a 25-year-old American. According to Le Figaro, an agreement has been made with the Picasso Administration to have this lottery renewed every year from now on. “The family liked that Picasso's name was associated with humanitarian causes. Especially since David Nahmad is ready to help us again for the next edition, “revealed the director and host Peri Cochin, initiator of the event.
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