Britain’s Mirror reports that Lucian Freud left an estate of nearly £100m but no indication of how that sum will be divided among his many children. Even though Freud was notorious for his slow work pace and small output, the estate is a remarkable comment on the painter’s earning power late in his life.
Freud, who died last year aged 88, left his daughter Rose Pearce and lawyer Diana Rawstron in charge of most of his staggering estate, instructing them to dispose of his personal possessions within two years.
He gave his assistant of more than 20 years David Dawson £2.5 million as well as the West London home where he painted many of his most famous works.
The vast sum – £96, 626, 011 reduced to £95, 917, 859 after liabilities – reflects the record-breaking prices Freud’s works fetched during his lifetime.