Francis Bacon’s brushes among oddities in auction

LONDON (AP) — Art lovers who can’t afford a painting by Francis Bacon can bid on the late artist’s paintbrushes at an auction of unusual items.

The eight brushes — given by Bacon to fellow artist Clive Barker in 1978 — are in a paint-splattered butter bean tin inside a clear box. They have an estimated price of 20,000 pounds to 25,000 pounds ($31,000 to $46,000).

Bacon’s paintings have sold for as much as $86 million at auction.

Also among the 150 lots in Christie’s Out of the Ordinary sale: a rocking horse as tall as a house; a flying machine from Steven Spielberg’s “Young Sherlock Holmes”; a stuffed ostrich; and a Triceratops skull valued at between 150,000 pounds and 250,000 pounds.

The sale will be held Sept. 5 in London.

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