Kirklees council considers selling Francis Bacon painting

By Nazia Parveen North of England correspondent

Cash-strapped council could raise up to £60m as value of artist's works has soared but any auction likely to be controversial

A prized painting by Francis Bacon could be sold at auction – to help a cash-strapped West Yorkshire council raise a potential £60m.

Sales from public collections are heavily frowned upon in the arts world, with some critics saying it betrays those who originally donated the items and deters others who might donate in the future.

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