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    Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Man in Blue VI (£4-6 million) courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: IT MADE £4,969,250

    PETER DOIG (B. 1959) The Architect’s Home in the Ravine (£4-6 million) courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013. (Click to enlarge).  UPDATE: IT MADE £7,657,250, A NEW WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR THE ARTIST.

    Francis Bacon’s Man in Blue VI of 1954 is among the highlights at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary auctions in London on February 13 and 14. Dating from 1954 – the year Bacon represented Britain at the 27th Venice Biennale – Man in Blue VI is the penultimate work in a suite of Man in Blue paintings. It is estimated at £4-6 million. Three are in museum collections: Man in Blue I, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Man in Blue IV, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna and Man in Blue V, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf.
    On offer are some important works created by celebrated British artists including Peter Doig, David Hockney, Damien Hirst and the fetishistic Pop artist Allen Jones. Last year Sotheby’s sold three furniture sculptures by Allen Jones estimated at £90,000-120,000 for £2.6 million. (See post on this website for May 14, 2012). One of them, from an edition of six, has now turned up at Christie’s. Hatstand from 1969 is estimated at £1.5 million. David Hockney’s Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes, is a classic image by the artist commemorating his first trip to Egypt in 1963. Peter Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine recreates Canadian
    architect Eberhard Zeidler’s modernist home at Rosedale in Toronto. Away from the Flock (Divided), a single sheep suspended in two minimalist tanks, was created by Damien Hirst in 1995, the same year he was awarded the Turner Prize. The auctions will feature a selection of European art from the 1950’s and includes significant works by Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Gerhard Richter.
    (See post on for January 7, 2013).

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