Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bacon cricketer painting to go on sale Nov. 9 in New York

The 1985 painting "Figure in Movement" gifted by Bacon to his friend and doctor, Dr. Paul Brass, goes on sale November 9 at Sotheby's in New York. This is the first time the painting enters the market and it's estimated to sell for $7 to $10 million. The painting is quite special in a number of ways: it depicts a subject matter, cricket, which "fascinated" Bacon and the body and face of the cricketer are inspired by two of the painter's closest companions, also patients of Dr. Brass. The market always likes a good story so I wouldn't be surprised if the painting reaches or even surpasses the high estimate. Read all about the painting's unique story here.

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