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CAIRO - 13 August 2017: Two lost drawings of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists Alberto Giacometti were found under a pile of dusty antiques, paintings and papers on Wednesday, August 9, at Eila Grahame auction, London.
The drawings had the signature “Alberto Giacometti 1947” on them; they are pencil sketches on both sides of a piece of paper. On one side, there are various heads and on the other, there is a nude woman with her arms held tightly at her side.
The drawings were discovered in the auction shop owned by Grahame who died in 2010. After his death, the Cambridge auction house Cheffins was instructed to sell the goods found in Grahame's shop.
The Cheffins director Martin said that he was surprised when he saw the drawings among her antiquities, but Grahame known for not selling to a customer who bargains about the price of any antiquity was used to keeping valuable pieces for herself.
The drawings estimate £40,000-£60,000 ($52,000 - $78,000) and will be sold on October 12, as mentioned by The Guardian.
“The drawings were sent to Paris where a committee of the Giacometti Foundation authenticated them and added them to the artist’s catalogue raisonné,” according to The Guardian.
Alberto Giacometti, born in 1901, is a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker; best known for his drawings of dark figures that reflected the anxiety and isolation that spread in Europe at that time.