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When Lucian Freud Used £100 Million in Paintings to Pay off His Bookie

One of Lucian Freud’s biggest collectors was a bookie. Alfie McLean, who founded A. McLean Bookmakers in Northern Ireland in 1962, allowed the famed British painter to repay (some) of his debts in paintings instead of pounds. When McLean died in 2006, he’d amassed about 23 artworks worth around £100 million. This association was just one of Freud’s many relationships with the United Kingdom’s underworld.

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