Lucian Freud letter archive to auction for $8,000?

An archive of 11 letters by painter Lucian Freud is valued at £3,000-5,000 ($4,916-8,194) ahead of an auction at Sotheby's on February 14.

The letters, selling as a single lot, were written to Freud's first girlfriend and fellow art student, Felicity Hellaby -  the subject of some of his earliest works - in the early 1940s.  

Sotheby's Lucian Freud letters
The letters were written by Lucian Freud to his first girlfriend in the early 1940s

Oliver Barker, Sotheby's senior international specialist for contemporary art, commented: "These charming letters reveal the energy, determination, and to some extent, the naivety, of Freud as a young man.

"Written in the years while he was studying at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, they offer a compelling view of his artistic practice and although often playful and light-hearted, hint at a very real sense of ambition."

Freud's Head on a Green Sofa will auction at Sotheby's on February 12. Another letter from Freud outlining his artistic intentions is to auction at Bonhams in March.

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