Nude Portrait Expected To Fetch $35 Million At Auction

04/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dalya Alberge Times

A Lucian Freud portrait of a 20-stone female benefits supervisor looks set to break the world auction record for any work by a living artist, despite the international credit crunch.

The life-size Benefits Supervisor Sleeping (1995) is estimated to fetch $35 million (£18 million) at Christie's, exceeding the current record of $23.56 million, held since last year by the American artist Jeff Koons.

Freud's depiction of Sue Tilley slumped asleep on a worn-out sofa with bulging flesh laid bare, is likely to excite collectors worldwide into parting with vast sums.

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