|Cataclysmic waves of bidding lash the auction floor.
The rising tide of price hits home
as furied pressure takes its toll.
The dollar surges knock the bidders flat.
Millions hunger in the Philippines
12th November 2013 – headline from the BBC
Notes: “Bacon painting fetches record price.” A painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction after it fetched $142m (£89m, 106m euros) in New York. The triptych, Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), is considered one of Bacon’s greatest masterpieces. It was sold after six minutes of fierce bidding, Christie’s auction house said. Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Europe, said the work was “a true masterpiece and one of the greatest paintings to come up for auction in a current generation”. “It marks Bacon and Freud’s relationship, paying tribute to the creative and emotional kinship between the two artists,” he added. The pair met in 1945 and became close companions, painting each other on a number of occasions, before their relationship cooled during the 1970s.
- Bacon painting fetches record price (bbc.co.uk)
- Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ sells for record price at $142m – The Independent (independent.co.uk)