Freud painting sets auction record with 17.2 million pounds

May 14th, 2008 - 1:30 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 14 (ANI): The life-size painting depicting a Jobcentre supervisor, by British artist Lucian Freud has entered record books for fetching the highest ever auction price.

The 1995 portrait of Sue Tilley, entitled Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, depicting a naked woman supervisor on a dilapidated sofa has raked in 17.2 million pounds at a New York auction, reports BBC.

The sale, held by auction house Christie’s, took place at the Rockefeller Centre.

The auction house describes the work as a “bold and imposing example of the stark power of Freud’s realism”.

The previous record was held by Jeff Koons’ Hanging Heart, which raked in 12.1 million pounds at an auction.

Ms Tilley, nicknamed “Big Sue”, was introduced to the painter by the Australian performance artist Leigh Bowery and posed for Freud for four years in the early 1990s. (ANI)

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