Oct. 14 - Francis Bacon's triptych painting of Lucien Freud is expected to sell for nearly $100 million USD. Sharon Reich reports
A never-before auctioned Francis Bacon painting of friend and fellow British artist Lucien Freud is expected to sell for nearly 100 million dollars (USD). Bacon's 1969 "Three Studies of Lucien Freud" is currently on display at Christie's in London. It is one of Bacon's most important and iconic paintings and auctioneer Francis Outred is confident it will easily break the previous Bacon record for "Triptych" sold in 2008. (SOUNDBITE) Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie's Europe saying (English): "That was a later painting, from the late '70's and it wasn't of a very iconic subject, like Lucien Freud, so for many reasons I think this is a much more commercial and better painting, so I would confidently hope that this would break the 86 million dollars that was achieved for that painting." The painting unites two of the 20th century's greatest figurative painters at the apex of their relationship. And Outred says it pays tribute to the creative and emotional kinship between the two artists. (SOUNDBITE) Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie's Europe saying (English): "Each head is sliced in half and we see a movement of the head, a shift of the foot, a fidget of the hands, all created by the flick of the brush, so it is really a masterpiece by Bacon in terms of the way, the technique that he has used to portray his great friend." The three panels were separated for almost 15 years and were only reunited in the late 80's. The work will go under the hammer in New York on November 12.