In 2012 Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold at $119.9 million with Sotheby’s New York. This held the Record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction until now.
Within SIX minutes, fetching 142.4 million, Francis Bacon’s three-panel painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” broke the record with New York auction house Christie’s.
The oil painting shows Freud (Bacons’ best friend and rival) sitting on a cane-bottomed wooden chair within a cage, on a curved mottled-brown surface with a solid orange background. Behind each figure is a headboard of a bed, originating in a set of photographs of Freud by John Deakin which Bacon used as a reference.
Francis Outred, the head of post-war and contemporary art for Christie’s Europe, had described the piece as a “true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud’s relationship”.“The juxtaposition of radiant sunshine yellow contrasting with the brutal physicality and immediacy of the brushstrokes in this celebrated life-size triptych is what makes Bacon’s art so remarkable.”
A rep for Christies would not comment on who bought this masterpiece, which leaves us all in mystery. Who do you believe bought this painting?