Picasso ceramics free to see in Soller
If this week's auction at Sotheby's was anything to go by, the collection of Picasso ceramics at Soller railway station is worth millions and you can see it for FREE. The world famous auction house in London had a 126 lot collection of unique ceramics by Picasso for sale and every single one sold to achieve a total price of £12.3 million.
The so called 'white glove' sale, when every item is sold, was part of the Impressionist and Modern Day Sale and was comprised of pieces belonging to Picasso's granddaughter, Marina. To put it mildly, Picasso wasn't Marina's favourite grandfather and her sale of the collection is a sign of her breaking links with the past.
She certainly picked a good time to auction the ceramics, the most affordable of Picasso's works, as the market has experienced a recent resurgence, and one piece, Cabri – a goat shaped vase – fetched nearly half a million pounds, around four times the expected price!
Here in Mallorca, lucky locals and holiday makers alike can see a collection of 50 ceramics by Picasso for totally FREE in the wonderfully art nouveau Soller railway station. The architecturally interesting building houses a couple of galleries with the works of Picasso created between 1948 and 1971, which belong to a former Soller Railway employee, Pere Serra who has ceded them to the exhibition, and paintings by Joan Miro.
Picasso's jugs and plates really are unusual, not the sort of thing you'd see in Ikea, and are well worth a good old browse when you get off the train at Soller, and remember – it's FREE. The galleries are open when the station is operative, so if you're on a train, you'll be able to visit.