Freud’s ‘Pregnant Girl’ sells for £16.1m

There was some sunshine at Sotheby’s London (10 February) despite the gloomy forecast for the London auction season, when Lucian Freud’s ‘Pregnant Girl’ (1960-61) sold for an eye-watering £16.1 million (including buyer’s premium).

Six buyers fought over the portrait of the artist’s teenage lover, Bernadine Coverley. The sale price far surpassed the estimated £7-10 million, which the painting had been expected to fetch. Continue reading

Rare paintings by Lucian Freud head to auction

With London’s auction season fast upon us, art enthusiasts are gearing up for the opportunity to view three works by Lucian Freud, one of which is tipped to fetch £10 million.

‘Pregnant Girl’ (1960-61), Freud’s portrait of his teenage lover Bernadine Coverley while she was pregnant with their daughter Bella goes on sale at Sotheby’s on 10 February 2016. Privately owned, it will be the first time the painting is sold at auction and carries an estimated price of £7-10 million. Continue reading