Francis Bacon auction at Christie's in London

Francis Bacon auction at Christie's in London

"If you can talk about it, why paint it?" - F. Bacon

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A portrait of Francis Bacon and his partner and muse George Dyer could raise up to 181 million dhs at auction

The Portrait of George Dyer Talking from 1966 is one of the most famous images of Bacon's muse and will be sold at Christie's in London next month. Dyer is shown sitting in the centre of a rotating room with a red backdrop and his body appears 'to unravel like cotton from a spinning bob' said a Christie's spokesperson.

Bacon, well known for his abstract work, raw paintings died in 1992 at the age of 82. The Irish born painter met Dyer in London's Soho district in 1963. The portrait will be up for auction at the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on February 13.

"Francis Bacon's position at the forefront of 20th century painting was highlighted at Christie's in November when his triptych of Lucian Freud sold for $142 million (dhs859 million) and became the most valuable work of art sold at auction." said Francis Outred, head of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's.

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