Self-portraits by the artist Francis Bacon are set to go on display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection. In June, they will be available to view at Sotheby's in London.
Experts knew of the paintings' existence but were unsure who had bought them after their completion around forty years ago. After they have been on display in New York and London they will be auctioned off. Each painting is expected to fetch £15 million.
One of the greatest Impressionist paintings is due to be auctioned at Sotheby's in February, the auction house revealed today.
Camille Pissarro’s, Boulevard Montmartre, matinée de printemps of 1897 was originally owned by Max Silberberg, a Jewish industrialist based in Breslau whose legendary artwork could see a huge £7 million to £10 million at auction.
The painting will now be sold in London on 5th February 2014 to benefit people and causes close to his son's wife Gerta's heart.
A painting by Pablo Picasso has sold for more than £28.5m at auction in London.
The 1932 piece, Femme Assise Pres d'une Fenetre (Woman Sitting Neara Window), is a portrait of his "golden muse" Marie-Therese Walter.
Helena Newman, from Sotheby's, said:
"We are delighted that this stunning and monumental portrait, which is part of the defining series that introduced his 'golden muse' to the public eye, fetched such a strong price....
"This particular portrait is a striking and notably modern-looking work from one of the artist's most celebrated periods."
One of the worlds most recognisable artworks goes on public display at Sotheby's today.
Londoners have the chance to see Edvard Munch's masterpiece 'The Scream' before it goes on sale in New York next month.
The piece is one of four versions created in 1895 and is expected to reach record sums when it goes to auction.