Monday, May 19, 2008

Big is Beautiful

And who said that you cannot make a living out of being an artist? And more importantly a painter? All you need is one good painting of a super-sized model and there you are, you made it. Or rather, Lucian Freud has made it. He has become the most expensive living artist at auction with his "Big Sue" painting. The painting, a large naked woman on a couch, called "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" was sold for $33.6m or £17.2m at Christies last week.

The buyer? None other than Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Apparently he also bought Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, which sold at Sotheby’s New York this week for $86.3m.

With an estimated fortune of £11.7Bn (The Sunday Times's Rich List) Mr Abramovich could definitely afford these paintings. If anyone reading this blog knows him, please tell him to pop by. I would be happy with much less for a couple of my paintings

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