Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lucian Freud black-eyed portrait fetches £2.8m

Lucian Freud's Self-Portrait With A Black Eye has sold for £2,841,250 at Sotheby's in London.
The estimate for the work, which shows the artist with a swollen eye following a punch-up with a taxi driver, was £3m to £4m.
Sotheby's said the rediscovered 1978 work was his "most important self-depiction ever to appear at auction".
The top lot at the London Evening Sale of Contemporary Art was Willem De Kooning's Untitled XIV, fetching £4m.
Self-Portrait With A Black Eye, which has never been displayed in public before, has remained in the same private collection for more than 30 years.
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