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  • FREUD PORTRAIT BOY’S HEAD MAKES £3.17 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Boy's Head by Lucian Freud made £3,177,250. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Lucian Freud’s (1922-2011) 1952 portrait Boy’s Head made  £3,177,250 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale on October 13.  It was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder.  The sitter, Charlie Lumley, was a neighbour of Freud’s when he moved to Paddington in 1952.  The portrait transmits a remarkable psychological intensity.  The estimate was £3-4 million.

    The evening sales of Contemporary Art and 20th Century Italian Art brought a combined total of £39,456,950 against the pre-sale estimate of £34,982,000-48,338,000.  A total of six artist records were established for Alberto Burri, Leon Kossoff, Wim Delvoye, Francesco Lo Savio, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Giuseppe Penone.

    Contemporary art realised £17,809,000 with 36 of the 47 lots offered sold.  The 20th Century Italian art sale achieved the highest-ever total for a sale in this category, at £21,647,950.

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 12, 2011.

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