Freud’s Nude “Big Sue” brings Big Price

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  Most Expensive Living Artist – Lucian Freud

Lucien Freud's Big Sue

Lucien Freud

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 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?!
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)