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Picasso $106.5 Million Nude, Feisty Ai Weiwei Star in 2010

The age of austerity has been a jolly time for the art world, so far at least.

For Picasso, the year brought a record price for any work of art at auction when his 1932 painting “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million at Christie’s International in New York in May. It’s a fine work, though some, including his biographer John Richardson, prefer “Nude in Black Armchair,” which the artist painted the following day (March 9, 1932).