Jan 15, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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A portrait by artist Francis Bacon depicting his lover and artistic muse is expected to sell for $50 million dollars when it goes up for auction in London on February 13th.

“Portrait of George Dyer Talking” depicts a young Londoner with whom Bacon had a turbulent relationship. It was exhibited at Bacon’s first major retrospective show in Paris in 1971. Dyer killed himself just before the show opened.

A Christie’s spokesman says the painting offers “a powerful portrait of arguably one of Bacon’s greatest loves.”

The value of Bacon’s work has skyrocketed since his death in 1992. In November, a Bacon triptych of artist Lucian Freud brought $142 million, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

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