A LUCIAN Freud painting of a late aristocrat has gone up for sale as her children work to resolve a wrangle over their inheritance.
The work of Lady Lambton, known as Bindy, has been given a price tag of £3.5million and was created in the 1960s when she had a relationship with the painter after her husband Lord Lambton became entangled in a sex scandal.
The piece, entitled Head on a Green Sofa, has been put on the market by her son, Lord Durham and also known as Ned, who inherited the family’s Lambton Estate, off Chester Road in between Shiney Row and Chester-le-Street.
The sale could see cash invested into “much needed” repairs to the estate, with the auction to be held on Wednesday, February 12.
The current Lord Lambton has been involved in a legal dispute with his sisters Lady Lucinda Lambton, an author and former television presenter, Lady Beatrix Neville and Lady Anne Lambton, for a number of years over the multimillion pound estate. As the only male heir, Lord Lambton inherited the whole estate under English law at the time.
But the women argued as their father had been living in Italy for more than 30 years, his estate is covered by Italian law and they were entitled to a share of it.
It is said the dispute has now been settled.
He said: “I am delighted the painting of my mother has been so well received and hope that it finds a good home in the future.”