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Self-portraits to fetch $20m as demand for Bacon sizzles

A trio of self-portraits by Francis Bacon are expected to raise at least $20m (€13.8m) at auction as demand grows for Ireland's most expensive artist.

'Three Studies for Self Portrait', from 1974, are included in Christie's International's May 11 New York auction of contemporary art. They are part of a London show, opening today, that also includes Bacon's 1952 painting, 'Untitled (Crouching Nude on Rail)', estimated at up to $15m (€10.3m) in the same sale.

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