LONDON (Reuters) – Portrait painter Lucian Freud left a record 96 million pounds ($156 million) in his will, a largest sum bequeathed by a British artist, a Mail on Sunday journal reported.
Freud died in Jul final year aged 88, by that time his uncompromising, portly portraits had done him one of a world’s many worshiped and desired artists, whose subjects ranged from England’s Queen Elizabeth II to a supermodel Kate Moss.
His “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping”, a 1995 mural of an portly lady defunct in a bare on a sofa, fetched $33.6 million during Christie’s in 2008, an auction record for a vital artist.
Freud left 2.5 million pounds and a house, a paper said, to his long-term assistant, David Dawson, who is graphic in Freud’s final unprepared work “Portrait of a Hound”, that also featured a artist’s pet whippet Eli.
Representatives of Freud in Britain and a United States were not immediately accessible for criticism on Sunday.
The residue of a estate was left to his counsel Diana Rawstron and one of his daughters, Rose Pearce, who are identified as curators in Freud’s will and are educated to dispose of his personal security in line with wishes voiced during a artist’s life, a journal reported.
Freud, a grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, married twice and had several children, nonetheless he was widely believed to have fathered many some-more than he acknowledged.
($1 = 0.6159 British pounds)
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