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Rare Picasso drawing inspired by French lover goes under hammer in Paris

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Paris (AFP)

A rare drawing by Pablo Picasso, "Flute Player and Seated Nude", owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York was on Thursday sold at auction in Paris for 286,000 euros ($321,000).

Dating from October 1932, a particularly prolific year for the artist, the drawing is one of a series of portraits of women inspired by Marie-Therese Walter, his companion from 1927-35 and the mother of their daughter Maya.

The proceeds from the sale of the pen and ink drawing will go to the US museum's acquisition fund, the Christie's auction house said.

The work was sold to a European buyer, who was not French.

The Spanish artist, who died in 1973, spent most of his life in France.

The Picasso Museum in Paris boasts one of the world's most extensive collections of his work with 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.

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