Sotheby’s has two different films (above) on their website promoting the artist Francis Bacon’s work, a double self-portrait estimated at $22m to $30m, coming up in the Evening sale. In two of the videos Sotheby’s has actors reading Francis Bacon’s words dramatically. Yet the Francis Bacon Sotheby’s wants to present us is not remotely like the real Francis Bacon. Watch the short videos (above) and then compare them with interviews in the videos (below) of Bacon himself.
What’s so puzzling is that Jeremy Irons could easily (indeed has done) have read much more like the real Bacon had Sotheby’s wanted him to.