A $1M Picasso Can Be Yours —for $135
All in the name of saving a 4.7K-year-old city
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2013 6:40 AM CST
Pablo Picasso   (Wikimedia)

(Newser) – There aren't exactly any losers in this raffle: One person will walk away with a Picasso worth $1 million for the price of a single raffle ticket. The other 49,999 hopefuls can lick their wounds with the knowledge that their $135 ticket helped save an ancient city. The face behind the charity auction is Oliver Picasso, the artist's grandson via Picasso mistress Marie-Therese Walter, reports the AFP, which adds that the younger Picasso never met his famed grandfather.

Only 50,000 tickets are available at www.1picasso100euros.com. That's considerably better odds than most lottos; Bloomberg points out that your chances of winning the New York state lotto, for instance, are 3.8 million to 1. AFP explains that "L'Homme au Gibus" ("Man in the Opera Hat") was purchased from a New York gallery anonymously and donated to a UNESCO-registered charity trying to save Lebanon's Tyre. Bloomberg gives a brief history of the 4,700-year-old Phoenician city, which was battered by Alexander the Great millennia ago and, more recently, ravaged during the span of Lebanon's civil war, from 1975 to 1990. The intention is to use the $5 million generated by the raffle to develop an artisans' village that will employ youth, women, and the disabled. The winner will be selected Dec. 18.

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Dec 31, 2013 2:21 AM CST
another event for the "scotch for lunch" crowd to be feel unique and special about.
Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 4, 2013 10:58 AM CST
Brings some attention to war torn Lebanon, a region that Yahweh instructed the Jews to annihilate and wipe of the face of the Earth. But instead they enslaved them and intermingled and had children with them and that brought great scorn upon the people of Judah. For that, you can better understand some aspects of the holocaust. Yahweh was specific to rid the world of the people of the Philistines. So today, the people of Lebanon represent Israel's highest enemy. And Beirut is the center of it all. Kind of sad considering how nice it was as a resort town.
Dec 4, 2013 9:59 AM CST
Do a google search for L’Homme au Gibus and you will know why they don't show a picture of this million dollar painting. It's atrocious. I never understood the fascination with Picasso.