Freud's Shiner: £2.8m
Can you believe that some tasteless twit lashed out £2,841,250 on Lucian Freud's Self-Portrait With A Black Eye at Sotheby's sale in London? It's true. Sotheby's had hoped for £3 to £4 million, rating this work Freud's "most important self-depiction ever to appear at auction". I suppose you don't find too many artists painting themselves with shiners gained from punch-ups with taxi drivers. Give it £10 for novelty value.