Friday, August 9, 2013

Francis Bacon's old paintbrushes

How do you know when it is time to throw your old painting brushes in the garbage?

Francis Bacon gave the brushes he used to paint large studies of Lucian Freud to his friend and fellow artist Clive Barker in 1978. Clive eventually sold the brushes, they were used on the television program 'Four Rooms' and then sold to dealer Gordon Watson.  Now they have surfaced as part of a Christies auction. They are bundled with a signed edition of the book Francis Bacon by Lorenza Trucchi. Listed with an estimate of $30,000 the price will probably climb higher.

If you're the next Francis Bacon - never trash your old brushes. Give them to your friends. You'll be doing them a favor.

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