Lucian Freud has become the most expensive living artist at auction with his “Big Sue” painting. The large naked woman painted on a couch is called “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping” and sold for $33.6m or £17.2m at Christies last week. The sitter is Sue Tilley and she sat for Freud over a four year period.
I’m so glad that a painterly painter now holds the title of the most expensive living artist at auction. Big shiny hearts and pill cabinets might be interesting but how can they compare to a painting by a living master?! Of course I’m biased as I’m a painter too, but who isn’t biased?
The London based Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich is said to be the buyer of Lucian Freud’s Big Sue and Francis Bacon’s triptych (which sold for $86.3 million or £43 million)