Eight brushes given by Irish-born painter to fellow artist Clive Barker in 1978 will be auctioned at Christie's in September
by The Guardian
Paintings sell for millions at auction, but now a set of Francis Bacon's paintbrushes will go under the hammer and are expected to fetch around £25,000.
The eight brushes which the Irish-born painter gave to fellow artist Clive Barker in 1978 are in a paint-splattered butter bean tin encased in a Perspex box.
They will be auctioned at Christie's in South Kensington, London, in September as part of its Out of the Ordinary sale.
Dublin-born Bacon, who died in 1992, is one of the most sought-after modern artists.
Last month, his 1966 triptych portrait of his friend, muse and lover Isabel Rawsthorne went for £11,282,500 while the first work the artist ever sold, his historic Head III, went for £10,442,500.
More than 150 lots will be auctioned off including a flying machine prop made for the 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes film, which is expected to fetch £80,000, a Triceratops skull valued at £250,000 and one of the world's biggest caviar dishes.
Head of sale Charlotte Young said: "Out of the Ordinary is a tightly curated one-off sale offering a unique opportunity to acquire something a little different from Christie's South Kensington. Each lot has been selected as either visually striking or with an intriguing story to tell, and many have never before been seen at auction. "
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It is not unusual for paint brushes, easels or even paint rags of an famous artist to be sold. What is unusual is the high price. But Bacon's work has been hitting records for the past few years.
The legendary artists Howard Finster would even take old paint rags and add faces to them and then turn around and sell them through galleries for top dollar. It amused Howard that he was so popular that even his old rags had value. GL