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Portrait of Freud's work put up for auction

September 8 2008

Portrait by British artist Francis Bacon's famous brush painter Lucian Freud valued at 7 million pounds sterling (12,4 million dollars) - that is the starting price of the lot at auction Christie's.

It is noteworthy that Freud, the most expensive living artist in the world, had no time to complete the portrait, which, nevertheless, of great interest to collectors. Freud managed to complete only the model's face, and then not completely: presumably, Bacon stopped coming to sessions because I flew to Morocco after his then-lover, Peter Lacy. Portrait from 1972 are in private collections and almost never exhibited.

Another work of Freud's portrait of a sleeping naked on the official's name Sue, written by Freud in 1995, was sold in 2008 at Christie's for 33.6 million dollars. This - the latest record price for the blades 85-year old artist. Then, in May, Francis Bacon triptych hand went under the hammer for 86.2 million dollars. According to unconfirmed reports, both of acquired Russian oligarch. This is the agency «Bloomberg».

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