Scott Reyburn has the announcement that Christie’s will be selling a Francis Bacon triptych which is estimated at nearly the record price paid for a Bacon triptych at the top of the last boom. With fees, the work would bring a record $95m or more:
Entered by an unidentified European seller, the trio of gilded-framed canvases, showing Bacon’s painter friend sitting on a wooden chair against an orange background, has never appeared on the auction market before, said Christie’s.
The work, one of only two existing, full-length triptychs of Freud, was included in the Bacon retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1971-72.
Bacon Triptych of Freud May Sell for Record $95 Million (Bloomberg)