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Monet, Bacon To Highlight The Evening Sale At Christie’s

Landscapes by Francis Bacon and Monet would headline the upcoming 20th– and 21st-century art evening sale at Christie’s London.

Landscape near Malabata, Tangier was created by Francis Bacon in 1963 in London. The painting was made as a tribute to Peter Lacy, with whom he shared a tumultuous relationship, just a year after Lacy’s tragic death in Tangiers. The same year, the world was sold by the Marlborough Gallery and has been in various displays across the world (32 exhibitions in 27 cities, according to Christie’s catalog description).

Francis Bacon
Landscape near Malabata, Tangier (1963) by Francis Bacon

The painting was last sold in an open auction in 1985 for $575,000 – a record for Francis Bacon at the time. Currently, that record is being held by Three Studies of Lucien Freud (1969) which fetched a whopping $142.4 million at Christie’s New York in 2013. The current work is expected to fetch £15 million-£20 million at the upcoming sale.

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Monet’s Matinée sur la Seine, temps net (1897) is the other work headlining the forthcoming auction. The work is part of the famous series “Morning on the Seine” comprising 21 paintings – each work focusing on the same part of the river Seine at different times. The painting was last exhibited in public in 1990. For the last 45 years, it has remained in the same private collection. In the upcoming auction, the work is expected to fetch £12 million-£18 million. Both the Monet and the Francis Bacon will be on display at Christie’s London between March 1 and March 7.