Bacon Oil Painting Bags Over £42 Million

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  February 16, 2014 at 6:03 PM Lifestyle News
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A portrait depicting artist Francis Bacon depicting his lover and muse George Dyer was sold for over £42 million ($70 million, 51 million euros), setting a record.
 Bacon Oil Painting Bags Over £42 Million
Bacon Oil Painting Bags Over £42 Million

Oil masterpiece "Portrait of George Dyer Talking", painted at the height of Bacon's powers, was first shown in Paris in 1966 -- the year of its creation -- and then at the artist's legendary first museum retrospective at the city's Grand Palais five years later.

The exhibition opened two days after Dyer had committed suicide.

The six-foot (1.83 metre) tall painting shows a contorted Dyer sitting on a stool under a bare light.

It is the most ever spent on a single-panel work by the figurative artist, who died in 1992.

A Bacon triptych -- "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" -- sold for $142.4 million in New York last year, smashing the world record for the most expensive piece of art auctioned.

Source: AFP

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