Lucian Freud’s nude portraits continue to claim staggering amounts even after his death, with Benefits Supervisor Resting setting a world record in 2015 when it sold for over £ 35 million.
Now, two naked Freud charcoal sketches have reportedly surfaced on eBay for a relative feat – one costs just £ 55,000, the other £ 50,000.
But are they what they seem? Both are described as ‘original charcoal on paper’, date from the 1940s to the 1950s and are hand-signed by the artist.
A real Freud or a fake? One of the drawings for sale on eBay. One costs just £ 55,000, the other £ 50,000
Of the first item, the seller, an art dealer named Finefoxart, says it is “a very rare opportunity to acquire an original signed work by Lucian Freud.
With good provenance ‘. However, there is no effect on this origin. When I asked the seller for more information, there was no answer.
Even David Dawson, Freud’s former personal assistant for 12 years, is unsure whether they are the real article.
But are they what they seem? Both are described as ‘original charcoal on paper’, date from the 40s to 50s and are hand-signed by the artist
“I don’t recognize it because I have something to do with Lucian’s hand,” he says. “I would remain very clear.”
Freud, who died in 2011 at the age of 88, left £ 96 million in his will – with 14 recognized and many unrecognized children. He donated £ 2.5 million to Dawson and his home in West London.
Freud’s reputation has only grown since his death, as have the potential for fraud.
Lucian Freud’s reputation (photo) has only grown since his death in 2011, as has the potential for fraud
Last year, Vincent Dyer received a suspected four-month prison sentence for attempting to sell a fake version of a Freud work ‘worth millions’ on eBay for just £ 3,000.
In his ad, Dyer wrote, “In very good condition. Has been in safe storage for years. ‘
Fortunately, the Finefoxart sales note includes this caveat. “In the unlikely event that the item is not genuine, we will refund it immediately and in full, without hesitation, if the item is returned to us in exactly the same condition.”
Chelsy’s dog days with pedigree friend
While her ex, Prince Harry, is moving to California, Chelsy Davy, who spends her time between South Kensington and Cape Town, has decided to move in with his brother.
The 34-year-old Zimbabwean jewelery designer, who dated Harry from 2003 to 2010, reveals that she has fled to Norfolk, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their families are staying in Anmer Hall, their manor house.
Chelsy proves she’s not lonely and split from American film producer James Marshall last year.
Chelsy Davy, who spends her time between South Kensington and Cape Town, has decided to live with his brother in Norfolk
New York? It is too high a floor for Daisy
Daisy Ridley’s Hollywood career is booming, but the Star Wars actress has no plans to leave this country.
The 27-year-old – who grew up in the leafy Maida Vale in North London – considered moving to New York, but was put off by what she called the “oppressive” buildings.
Daisy Ridley’s (pictured in December) Hollywood career is flourishing, but the Star Wars actress has no plans to leave this country
“I thought it was a very difficult city,” said Daisy (above), who made over £ 8 million last year. “I did the rounds before Star Wars came out and I thought I would stay there for a few days to see.
“But I found it so lonely. Driving around is so stressful. There is only a little bit of London [built] so high, so it is not so oppressive. ‘
Daisy adds, “The trash in New York is horrible: straws and plastic everywhere.”
Christie counts on sex and dragons
Known worldwide as warrior Brienne of Tarth in the sex and dragon drama Game Of Thrones, Gwendoline Christie closed the last series with a payday of £ 400,000.
Accounts from the company that the actress and model channel her earnings, Christie Ventures Ltd, reveal that her fortune increased from £ 1.14 million to £ 1.54 million last year.
Gwendoline Christie, known worldwide as warrior Brienne of Tarth in sex and dragon drama Game Of Thrones, ended the final series with a payday of £ 400,000
Assets in the company rose to £ 1.9 million, but after paying creditors – including a £ 229,000 HMRC account – she was still left with that cool £ 1.54 million.
The 41-year-old stately star (pictured), who is courting fashion designer Giles Deacon, has also been signed up as one of Kate Moss’s top models at her agency.
Robin Birley, king of the clubs, knows how to take care of his members on 5 Hertford Street, his Mayfair facility.
Aware that some may be suffering from food shortages, he has sent them a list of contacts for the club’s “highly regarded food suppliers, who will endeavor to deliver safely directly to your home” Bravo!
Novelist Joanna Trollope reiterates her belief that fidelity is less important in later life.
The 76-year-old divorced woman says, “I don’t think it matters to the same degree for menopausal women and possibly men.
“Getting married now takes 60 or 70 years, while a Tudor marriage may have lasted ten years.”
Trollope, whose latest book, Mom and Dad, is now out, adds, “So maybe you should rethink once you have kids and have been married for 25 years.”
Is he protesting too much? Grantchester star James Norton says the role of James Bond doesn’t appeal to him.
“I don’t identify myself as the lead man and when you play them you often realize they’re the least interesting role,” he says.
Who wants to play Cinderella if you can be one of the Ugly Sisters?
“It certainly opens doors and gets you into a conversation if you’re the dashing young lead, but once you identify with that, you limit yourself.”
Harry Potter star Emma Watson claims that gay couples have healthier relationships than their heterosexual counterparts.
“Many of the healthiest relationships I’ve seen were between same-sex couples because I think they should sit down and make arrangements,” said the 29-year-old actress.
“They agree instead of [accepting] certain assumptions and expectations. “