£50k Lucien Freud and Paula Rego prints to sell in London

Bloomsbury Auctions are holding a major sale of lithographs in London next month.

The 484 lot auction offers an extensive selection of prints (17) from Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Rego's prints emphasise the dark side of human nature and often draw inspiration from literature. These works, all from the 2001-2002 Jane Eyre series are no exception.

Paula Rego Ready for the Ball
Paula Rego's Ready for the Ball
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Paula Rego Come to Me
Paula Rego's Come to Me
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The highest valued lots are two printer's proofs: Getting Ready for the Ball estimated at £6,000-8,000 and the yearning Come to Me, expected to sell for £2,000-3,000. Rego has had a museum dedicated to her in her native Portugal.

The works by Matisse are led by a lithograph of a reposing model printed on chine volant paper. Just 85 were printed, and this is in very good condition. It is listed at £7,000-9,000.

The two key works by Picasso present are Femme au Fauteuil II (Dora Maar) - and etching signed in pencil - and Jeunesse, which is one of 50 large lithographs of this design. Both are in good condition, though the latter has repaired tears. They are thought to be worth £15,000-20,000 and £20,000-30,000 respectively.

Pablo Picasso Jeunesse
Picasso's Jeunesse

Warhol is represented by 11 lots, including a group of 12 silkscreen works printed onto wallpaper from 1974, valued at £15,000-20,000 and Geronimo, a silkscreen printed in colour from the Cowboys and Indians series which is in good condition and expected to sell for up to £9,000. A typical soup can and Marilyn Monroe are also featured.

Joan Miró's fascinating and colourful works are led by piece from her Lézard aux Plumes d'Or range listed as 14/50 in very good, fresh condition, and a lithograph named Personnage au Soleil Rouge listed as 32/40. Each is expected to sell for around £3,000-5,000.

Joan Miro Lezard d'Or
Joan Miró’s work from her Lézard aux Plumes d’Or range

Six works by Lucien Freud complete the auction, including a 2004 signed print numbered 35/46 which depicts a reclining, pregnant Kate Moss estimated at £15,000-20,000 and his large etching Painter's Garden valued at £30000-50000.

An impressive range of prints which has something for anyone interested in contemporary art, Bloomsbury's auction takes place on December 3.

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