A record breaking moment in the art world.
For at least 10 minutes Christie’s overflowing salesroom watched in rapt attention as a 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $142.4 million, described as the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction.
There were apparently 7 bidders going for it, both in the room and by phone.
Here’s another view of the triptych, a 1969 work titled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”:
The previous record holder for most valuable work of art sold at auction was Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which reportedly sold to financier Leon Black for $120 million at a Sotheby’s auction in May.
In addition to the Bacon record, Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sold this evening for $58.4 million, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold by a living artist, according to the auction house.