The Francis Bacon rubbish that I mentioned earlier has sold at auction for almost 1 million pounds. The studio waste from the artist was kept for nearly 30 years by an electrician (Mac Robertson) that did some work for Bacon.
The trash quickly turned to treasure when the items made £965,490 at auction. The lots at auction included things like slashed paintings with no faces, a canvas with writing and paint spatter by Bacon, letters, journals, photos, and unused checks (cheques).
It’s trash, but it’s Bacon’s trash – and it’s sold for almost £1m
According to Mr Ewbank: “This stuff is a little bit of history. If it weren’t here, it would be gone for ever. We have a little bit of extra insight into him.” Does he have qualms about selling paintings that were rejected, indeed deliberately mutilated, by the artist? “The best judges of art are not the artists themselves,” he said. “The fact that these paintings were discarded does not mean that they are not of value. And he did say he regretted destroying so much of his work.” Guardian