A “centrepiece of the whole of 20th-century art”: rediscovered Francis Bacon piece to be auctioned at Christie’s

A rediscovered painting by Francis Bacon is to be shown for the first time in over 50 years at next month’s contemporary art sales in London. The 1955 painting of Pope Pius X11 seated on a golden throne, his hand raised in some enigmatic gesture, was last exhibited in 1962 and sold the following year in Turin. Since then it has been locked away in a very private collection.

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Warren Zevon’s Massive Book Collection Is for Sale

The late singer Warren Zevon was not just a revered songwriter; he was also a prolific bibliophile. Over his lifetime, the “Werewolves of London” singer amassed a collection of books numbering in the thousands. Now, nearly 14 years after his death at age 56 in September 2003, Zevon’s entire library is for sale. For the time being, though, fans looking for a literary piece of Zevon ephemera will have to travel. Unless they live in Vermont.

Zevon’s collection rests in the care of his ex-wife, Crystal Zevon, and their daughter, Ariel Zevon, at Brookview R&R in West Barnet. Select titles are available on eBay, and the rest are being catalogued for online sale, but for the moment, anyone wishing to peruse Zevon’s voluminous stacks will have to trek to a barn in the Caledonia County hamlet. It’s worth the trip.

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