Gunter Sachs, heir to the German Opel car fortune, had exquisite taste

The Picasso on the wall witnessed everything and survived unharmed
Gunther Sachs looking at Picasso's Bust of a Woman
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

In the apartment of Gunther Sachs in the Avenue Foch in Paris in 1963, a painting of the probably most famous artist of the 20th century decorated the walls.

Gunther Sachs
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

Gunther Sachs with Bust of a woman, oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm, by Pablo Picasso. According to the Catalogue Raisonné, the work was painted in winter 1960 in Vauvenarges.

Gunther Sachs
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

It is certainly rare that an expensive painting by a famous painter like Picasso is shown in such a natural environment, in this case in the home of the young, and aspiring art collector Gunther Sachs.

Gunther Sachs
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

Gunter Sachs, heir to the German Opel car fortune, had exquisite taste and feeling for art. He had the necessary means to acquire the great masters, but also supported young new artists like the then still unknown Andy Warhol

Gunther Sachs
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

Photo reporter Peter Bock-Schroeder had actually only come to Sachs' apartment for an afternoon, to photograph a home story for the German magazine Quick. At the invitation of Gunther Sachs, who was curious about photography, he stayed for 3 weeks. The two became friends.

Gunther Sachs
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

During this time, some unforgettable Parties took place in Avenue Foch, also in the presence of Soraya Esfandiary, the former wife of the Shah of Iran, with whom Sachs was rumored to have an affair. According to Bock-Schroeder there were no security personnel at these events. The Picasso on the wall witnessed everything and survived unharmed.

Gunther Sachs
Picasso and Sachs by Peter Bock-Schroeder

Picasso's Buste de femme was sold by Christie's in London on June 30, 99 as, lot: 523, for £474,500 to an anonymous collector.


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Baby deer hung with jewellery, Ave Foch - Paris

Baby deer hung with jewellery

The photograph was taken in 1962 by Peter Bock-Schroeder in Gunther Sachs' Paris apartment

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