Rediscovered Self-Portrait by Lucian Freud to be Sold at Sotheby’s

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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.