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Francis Bacon is the star of a retrospective exhibition in Liverpool and an auction in New York

8th May, 2016
Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for a Self Portrait, painted in 1970, are expected to fetch between $22 million and $30 million at Sotheby’s this week

Coming fresh to the market in New York this week, Two Studies for a Self Portrait by Francis Bacon is expected to fetch US$22-$30 million at Sotheby’s.

With exhilaration being the dominant characteristic, the pair, each measuring 35.5×30.5 centimetres, were executed in 1970 when Bacon was at the height of his powers – in the throes of his passionate affair with George Dyer, a relationship of such complexity and intensity it is...

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