Picasso masterpiece raises A$20.6 million to fund Sydney research

In 2010 an anonymous donor gave the University a 1935 portrait by Picasso of his lover, Marie-Therese Walter, titled Jeune fille endormie. The gift came with two conditions: that the donor remains anonymous, and that the painting be sold and the proceeds spent on scientific research. The painting was auctioned in June 2011 at Christie’s in London, and part of the $20.6 million proceeds are being used to fund chairs at our Charles Perkins Centre.

Led by Professor Steve Simpson, the centre is pursuing innovative new solutions to one of the 21st century’s biggest global health challenges: obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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