Francis Bacon trio could sell for over £30m at auction launch

A Francis Bacon tripod painting depicting his close friend Henrietta Moraes is expected to sell for more than £30 million when it goes to auction this month.

oraes was an important figure in London’s post-war art scene and acted as a muse for both Bacon and Lucian Freud.

The paintings, titled Three Studies of Portraits by Henrietta Moraes, come from the collection of American media executive William S Paley, who acquired the work a few months after it was completed last year. 1963.


Three studies of Francis Bacon’s portrait of Henrietta Moraes in preview at Sotheby’s (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The trio will make their auction debut at Sotheby’s in London in a contemporary sale on the evening of October 14.

Until recently, it was kept under the care of the Museum of Modern Art (Moma) in New York, where it remained for more than 30 years after Mr. Paley’s death in 1990.

Bacon, known for his bold and shocking figurative style, died at the age of 82 in 1992.

His work focuses on the human form in an often brutal way and includes several trilogy, religious images of crucified people and popes, and self-portraits.


Frank Auerbach’s JYM Team Leader (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The sale also includes German artist Gerhard Richter’s 192 Farben, which has an estimated selling price of between £13 million and £18 million, the highest for a work in its series.

There is also Frank Auerbach’s Head of JYM and a 1948 portrait of Jean Dubuffet in his signature brutalist art style.

A full preview of the series will be announced at Sotheby’s new Bond Road Gallery from October 8-14 ahead of auctions on the evening of October 14.

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This was followed by a contemporary sale the next afternoon. Francis Bacon trio could sell for over £30m at auction launch

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