CBU may sell Picasso sketchbook

January 7, 2009

Cape Breton University is considering selling a Pablo Picasso sketchbook, one of the most valued pieces in its permanent collection. The sketchbook was donated to the university in 1996 by an anonymous donor, and those who facilitated the donation are supportive of the school's decision should it choose to sell. If the sketchbook is sold, the proceeds would go towards the operation of the university's art gallery. Because the sketchbook is seldom shown, CBU officials believe it would be better placed where the public would have more access to the piece. Cape Breton Post | Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC

Postscript:  Jul 10, 2009
Cape Breton University has decided that it will not sell a Pablo Picasso sketchbook that is part of its permanent collection. A CBU official says the vision for the galleries includes the yellowed sketchbook, which contains pencil and ink drawings Picasso made during his teens. Staff have been talking with other art galleries in Canada about holding joint shows of the piece. Halifax Chronicle-Herald