Francis Bacon Painting Becomes World's Most Expensive Artwork at Auction

  • November 12, 2013 22:04

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Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" brought over $142 million, a world record price at auction for art.
Christie's

A triptych painted in 1969 by Francis Bacon took the lead as the priciest artwork ever sold at auction on Tuesday night.

"Three Studies of Lucian Freud" brought $142,405,000 at Christie's postwar and contemporary art sale after "6 minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone," the auction house said in a statement.

The buyer has not been publicly named.

Bacon's painting of his friend Freud set the world record price for any artwork, a position previously held by the near-$120 million paid for Edvard Munch's The Scream, which sold at Sotheby's in a 2012 sale.

A 1976 triptych by Bacon held the artist's previous auction record of $86 million from a sale in 2008.

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