Sotheby’s to Sell a Francis Bacon for $15 Million

Sotheby’s will sell this large scale Francis Bacon oil on canvas painting in June. This is the first time that “Crouching Nude” will be part of an auction and pre-sale estimates say that the painting could fetch up to 15 million.

The famous Irish artist always drew his inspiration from pictures and memories, never from real-life models. This gloomy picture for instance is inspired by pictures of Bacon’s friends Muriel Belcher, Henrietta Moraes and Isabelle Rawsthorne.

Oliver Barker of Sotheby’s sais: “We anticipate this painting will be highly sought after by discerning collectors across the globe.” Showing a nude lady with a strange and distorted smile, the painting will be auctioned off on June 29 in London.

Sotheby to Sell a Francis Bacon for $15 Million

By : 9 May 2011
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