Frank Auerbach Painting of His Lover Makes $1,307,200 at Bonhams

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Frank Auerbach (German, born 1931) - "Head of E.O.W. III", 1961.- Sold for: £860,000 / $1,307,200 - Photo: Bonhams

LONDON.- An important painting by the British
painter Frank Auerbach of his long-term lover, Estella Olive West,
entitled Head
of E.O.W. III, 1961, sold yesterday (30 June) for a remarkable £860,000 /

$1,307,200 at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of its 20th Century
British Art
sale. The sale fetched an impressive £2.8 million in total. The
painting, which
has never appeared at auction before, had been expected to fetch
£400,000 –
600,000. Estella, a widowed amateur actress, was Auerbach’s lover for 23
years,
and one of his most regular models, referred to as E.O.W. in the titles
of his
works. It was with Estella that he started the process of working and
reworking
paintings, which sometimes took hundreds of sittings to complete.