Two Francis Bacon self-portraits will be sold on the local auction for a huge price. Earlier, experts were aware that such paintings existed, but they didn’t knew, who bought and owned them.
Two Francis Bacon self-portraits will be sold on the local auction for a huge price.
Earlier, experts were aware that such paintings existed, but they didn’t knew, who bought and owned them. Relatives of the late owner of these paintings decided to sell them, and they are expecting to get almost $50 million for the Self-Portrait (1975) and three Studies for Self Portrait (1980).
Earlier, in 2013, Bacon’s painting of his friend Lucian Freud had been sold in New York for amazing $142 million.
A famous art dealer said that he had an archive in which both of these paintings were photoed, but except being copied in the book, they weren’t seen anywhere else.
Bacon’s Self-Portrait was painted at the peak of his career in 1975 in the period after the death of his lover George Dyer in 1971. Though Bacon was in his early 60’s, he appeared to be much younger on the canvas.
The Three Studies for Self-Portrait, painted in 1980 show his gloomy look that reflect his understanding of the imminence of close death.
Oliver Barker, an expert in arts, said that the moment of the discovery of the portraits was ‘pretty extraordinary’. He also said that Bacon was very self-critical but at the same time he was as photogenic as possible.
The sale of the portraits will start on July, 1 in London.