Picasso Helps Save Historic Lebanon City
One lucky lottery winner gets a Picasso for $135 – with proceeds benefiting the ancient Lebanon city of Tyre
The opportunity to own a work by Pablo Picasso is normally reserved for the wealthy. This December, however, all that’s needed to own one is $135 and a little bit of luck. In an effort to raise money to save the ancient, historical city of Tyre, Lebanon, French TV host Peri Cochin has teamed with Olivier Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s grandson, to create a lottery like none before it. The winning ticketholder will receive a certified Pablo Picasso piece entitled “L’Homme au Gibus” or “Man with Opera Hat”.
The two have limited the lottery to 50,000 tickets on a first-come first-served basis and cost 100 € (or $135). The drawing will take place on 18 December 2013 at Sotheby’s in Paris, under the supervision of a Court Bailiff and will be broadcast live worldwide on the net. To purchase tickets in English go to:http://www.
“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,” said Oliver Picasso. “He’s also a pioneer in all forms of creation, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, show, and I think he would have been amused to be involved in such an operation, which is a popular operation.”
All lottery proceeds will go to the International Association to Save Tyre. Created in 1980, the AIST includes eminent personalities from the fields of culture and science dedicated at the highest level to saving this ancient Phoenician metropolis that has long played a strategic role in ancient history. Tyre is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Funds from this lottery will help create a handicraft village, which will provide job opportunities for special needs children and battered women.
Working in close collaboration with UNESCO, the AIST has allowed the inclusion of Tyre since November 1984 on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. In 1998, its efforts were rewarded with launching a UNESCO “International Campaign to Save Tyre” The lottery is strictly regulated and has received the authorization of the Prefecture of Police in Paris, issued by a Prefectural Decree dated 2 April 2013, modified by a Prefectural Decree dated 26 June 2013.
About the Work
The prize of the drawing is a certified Pablo Picasso piece entitled “L’Homme au Gibus” or “Man with Opera Hat”, painted with gouache on paper, measuring 30.5 cm x 24 cm, drawn in 1914 and bearing the artist’s signature in its upper-right corner. Maya Picasso (daughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter) and Claude Ruiz- Picasso (son of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot) both attest to the painting’s authenticity.
About Olivier Picasso
Olivier Widmaier Picasso is the grandson of Pablo Picasso. He has written a biography of his grandfather,Picasso, Portraits de famille (Ramsay, 2002) published in English by Prestel as Picasso, the real family story in 2003 and translated into several languages. Coming in Spring 2014 his new book, Picasso -Intimate Portrait.
About Peri Cochin
Peri Cochin is a successful International radio and TV host with Iraqi Lebanese origins. She was born in Beirut and grew up inTyre. She is a TV program host and a producer of multiple TV shows in the Middle East. Peri is a long supporter of her mother’s association –the AIST. She is the conceptualizer of 1 Picasso for 100 Euros. Tired of traditional gala dinner fund-raisers, Peri tried to find an alternative through the development of this innovative international lottery with the purpose going toward charity.