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  • IMPORTANT GROUP OF AUERBACH PORTRAITS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Ruth Bromberg Seated (1992). Click on image to enlarge.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £541,250.

    Ruth Bromberg Seated (1997). Click on image to enlarge.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £421,250.

    THE single most important group of paintings by Frank Auerbach ever to appear at auction comes up at Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in London on June 26. A collection of eight paintings of Ruth Bromberg painted over a 17 year period (1992-2008) will be sold by the executor of the estate of Ruth and Joseph Bromberg as a bequest to the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel.  Proceeds will benefit the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in memory of their son Michael.

    Born in 1931 Auerbach is considered one of Britain’s greatest living artists. He endlessly scrutinised and reworked his portraits. These particular ones tell the story of the friendship between the artist and one of his key sitters. Despite sitting for the artist every Thursday afternoon for nearly two decades Ruth Bromberg is the subject of  just 20 works.

    The Brombergs were dedicated supporters of the of the School of London artists. The group includes an etching by Lucian Freud of his daughter Bella and is expected to realise £1.8 million.

    UPDATE:  THE group of eight portraits by Frank Auerbach and one work by Lucian Freud was fiercely contested and brought a combined total of £2,476,000.  The auction overall realised  £69.3 million.

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