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$17 M. Francis Bacon «Portrait of Sole Heir» heads to Sotheby’s London Auction

$17 M. Francis Bacon «Portrait of Sole Heir» heads to Sotheby’s London Auction

$17 M. Francis Bacon «Portrait of Sole Heir» heads to Sotheby’s London Auction

Following the $85 million achieved for a monumental Francis Bacon triptych that led Sotheby’s marquee contemporary auction on June 29, the house has unveiled another masterwork by the British artist coming up for sale in London on July 28. Set to appear in a hybrid evening sale, where offerings will range from contemporary artworks to a $15 million Rembrandt self-portrait, Bacon’s Portrait of John Edward (1986) is expected to fetch £12 million–£18 million 

The work is the second-most expensive work by the postwar heavyweight to come to auction this season. The late-career painting features John Edward, Bacon’s confidant, rendered in the artist’s signature style that hovers between figuration and abstraction. Carrying an impressive provenance, the work has never before come to auction, and hails from a private collection in Chicago, the second of just two owners in the work’s history. Widely exhibited, the painting was originally sold by Marlborough Gallery, the artist’s posthumous dealer, following its public debut in a 1987 survey of work from that decade, and has been featured in showcases dedicated Bacon at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou.

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