The Tricky Provenance of a Bacon Portrait at Christie’s

Francis Bacon “Study for Self-Portrait,” 1964. (Courtesy Christie's)

In her Inside Art column this week, Carol Vogel discusses a 1964 painting by Francis Bacon that combines Bacon’s face with the body of his friend and contemporary Lucian Freud. The painting will be for sale at Christie’s in London next week and is described by the auction house as “an exciting new discovery.” Its estimate is available on request, but apparently Christie’s has told clients they are expecting it to sell for £20 million, or about $31.3 million. But, Ms. Vogel writes: Read More