It's up to you my pretty

samedi 27 janvier 2024 10:00
Drouot Estimations , 7 rue Drouot 75009 Paris
Sale information

Sale of an exceptional Picasso dish to coincide with Sophie Calle's exhibition, À toi de faire, ma mignonne, at the Musée national Picasso - Paris

Reasons for the sale

"In Picasso's personal archives at the museum, I found a letter on the letterhead of the AAAA, Association d'aide aux artistes aveugles, asking Picasso for an original drawing of the blind man as he saw him, to be used to build the Maison des yeux clos with the proceeds from the sale. I didn't get a reply from Picasso. I appealed to the generosity of Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, to offer at auction a ceramic by Pablo Picasso that they had donated and thus, sixty-five years later, offer part of the proceeds of the sale to the Book of the Blind."

Sophie Calle

Sale contact:

Philippe Ancelin, Auctioneer, President of Drouot-Estimations:

07 85 35 20 51 -

The auction will take place from 1st October 2023 to January 27, 2024

Closing time: Saturday January 24, 2024 at 8 pm


Telephone: 01 48 01 91 07

Le Livre de L'Aveugle was created in 1917 to help the war-blind. Once peace had returned, it gradually specialized in the transcription and publication of school books in Braille for blind children.

Today, these books cover all grades, from primary to secondary, and some even cover university studies.

The association, under the law of 1901, is made up of volunteers and has been recognized as a public utility since 1930. It has been recognized by the Académie française.

Our mission is to enable blind children to follow a normal education. To do this, they need the same textbooks as their classmates, but transcribed into Braille. In France, the public service is unable to meet all the orders for Braille transcriptions of school books. That's why our association, founded in 1917, has set itself the mission of ensuring this work, thanks to volunteer transcribers/adaptors. Schools, teachers, families, institutes and blind parents are all involved, and nearly 1,000 people in France and abroad, from nursery schools to universities, regularly use the Livre de l'Aveugle.


FABA was founded by Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso in 2002. The foundation preserves a collection of works by Pablo Picasso and contemporary artists, as well as an important archive.

One of the Foundation's main missions is to study the work of Pablo Picasso from a historical, scientific and technological perspective. It also participates in numerous exhibitions and publications in collaboration with international institutions, organizes its own exhibitions and supports contemporary creation.

FABA is governed by a permanent Board of Directors, co-chaired by Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, and a Commission that collaborates in the development of the Foundation's missions.

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