A Lucian Freud painting of a fleshy naked British civil servant sold for $56.2 million at Christie’s, an auction record for the artist.
“Benefits Supervisor Resting,” a portrait of a 280-pound civil servant named Sue, had a presale estimate of $30 million to $50 million. Freud, a British painter who preferred portraits of regular people, died in 2011.
In 2008, “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping,” another portrait of Sue, sold for $33.6 million -- the highest price ever at the time for a work by a living artist.
Earlier in the sale, Andy Warhol’s “Colored Mona Lisa” also sold for $56.2 million and Francis Bacon’s “Portrait of Henrietta Moraes” fetched $47.8 million.
At a hybrid Christie’s auction on May 11, Pablo Picasso’s painting, “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘‘O’’),” fetched $179.4 million, the most expensive artwork at auction.
Christie’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale is continuing.