Art experts have known about the existence of two self-portraits by Francis Bacon, but they have never actually seen them in the oily flesh as they had no idea on their whereabouts or who owned them. Until now. The two works of art have been rediscovered in a private collection by the descendants of the original owner and are to go on public display before they are sold. At last the experts will be able to see them, while the descendants are also set to be rewarded as it is believed each of the pieces, Self Portrait (1975) and Three Studies for Self Portrait (1980) could fetch up to £15 million each. Needless to say, Bacon’s work is highly sought after; one of his paintings which featured fellow artist Lucian Freud sold for £89m at a New York auction in 2013, making it the most expensive ever sold. For those interested, the self-portraits are to go on sale at Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 1 July.
May 11, 2015