LONDON.- Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that
it will offer for sale the recently rediscovered oil on canvas Self-Portrait
with a Black Eye, circa 1978, by the celebrated British artist Lucian Freud (b.
1922) in its London Evening Sale of Contemporary Art on
Wednesday, February 10, 2010. The self-portrait, which headlines a
group of five important works by the artist in the auction that have come from a
private European collection, has never been recorded in the published literature
on Lucian Freud and has remained in the same collection for over 30 years since
its conception. Never-before exhibited in public, this rare work ranks
as the artist’s most important self-depiction ever to appear at auction and is
estimated at £3-4 million.