Painting Lucian Freud denied was his declared genuine by BBC

GemmaHart

GemmaHart

2016-07-18 15:19:33

BBC One's Fake or Fortune? has declared that this painting is a genuine Lucian Freud piece-despite the artist insisting for years that he did not paint it. 

The Fiona Bruce presented show have claimed that it is an early example of Freud's work and believe it could be worth as much as £300,000. 

The painting was originally inherited by Jon Turner from the artists Wirth-Miller and Richard Chopping (the former of whom has a long running feud with Freud) who gave Turner strict instructions to sell the piece as publicly as possible so as to humiliate Freud. 

The BBC contacted Freud's former solicitor who discovered notes from a phone conversation in which the artist admitted to starting the painting but not finishing it. 

Despite this experts concluded that it was the work of a single artist and cited Freud's 'controversial' nature when reasoning as to why he would deny to have completed the piece. 

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