Lucian Freud Breaks Record From Beyond the Grave But His 14 Children Could Be Left Hung Out to Dry
The man whose "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" broke the record for a living artist when it sold for £17.2 million in 2008 continues to amaze almost a year after his death. Lucian Freud's will, which has just been made public, has revealed that the artist left a total of £96,626,011, the largest amount ever bequeathed by a British artist. Francis Bacon's £11 million is peanuts in comparison.
£2.5 million are to go to Freud's former friend and assistant of more than twenty years David Dawnson, who features in several of the artist's paintings — including his last unfinished work "Portrait Of The Hound" (2011), for which Dawson posed naked with Freud's whippet Eli. Dawson is also to inherit Freud's house in West London, where the artist produced many of his most famous works.
A notorious womanizer, the late artist is believed to have at least 14 children, although it is unclear how much, if anything, they'll receive from the estate. The rest of his staggering bequest will go to one daughter, Rose Pearce, and Freud's former lawyer Diana Rawstron. Freud's will identifies Pearce and Rawstron as trustees, and instructs them to dispose of his personal possessions within two years according to his wishes, as well as to perform other duties — although no detail on these has been disclosed.