Artist Lucian Freud leaves $156 million in will
PORTRAIT painter Lucian Freud left a record 96 million pounds ($156 million) in his will, the largest sum bequeathed by a British artist. Freud died in July last year aged 88, by which time his uncompromising, fleshy portraits had made him one of the world’s most revered and coveted artists, whose subjects ranged from England’s Queen Elizabeth II to the supermodel Kate Moss. His Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, a 1995 portrait of an obese woman asleep on a sofa, fetched $33.6 million at Christie’s in 2008, an auction record for a living artist. Freud left 2.5 million pounds and a house, the paper said, to his long-term assistant, David Dawson, who is pictured in Freud’s last unfinished work Portrait of the Hound, which also featured the artist’s pet whippet Eli. The remainder of the estate was left to his lawyer Diana Rawstron and one of his daughters, Rose Pearce, who are identified as trustees in Freud’s will and are instructed to dispose of his personal possessions in line with wishes expressed during the artist’s life. Freud, the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, married twice and had several children, although he was widely believed to have fathered many more than he acknowledged.