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Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
DoneTue, Apr 24, 2007 5:00 PM GMT

Items from the Studio of Francis Bacon


This Collection, which came from the artist's Studio, offers art historians, dealers and collectors the opportunity to purchase genuine Bacon items with an unassailable provenance. Major works by Francis Bacon can sell for millions of pounds, but there have been few, if any, auctions of the kind of material in this archive. There are three oil portrait studies in the sale, and four mutilated portraits in which the facial features have been removed from the canvases, as well as three sketches of dogs. There are also personal papers, signed letters and photographs. Though small, this archive is an important discovery. Other finds may surface in the future but it is unlikely that they will contain such irrefutable and clear evidence of authenticity as this collection. Larger collections, which will never come on to the market, are, of course, available for researchers and scholars, notably through the Bacon Estate and the Lane Collection in Dublin, and the Joule Collection in the Tate. Both the Estate and the Tate have studied this archive in recent years, and Mr Robertson initially had a preference for his collection to go to one of them, but he was unable to agree terms after long negotiations. The Tate stated that their recently acquired large archive meant that they needed no further material. .