After Francis Bacon's paintings of Freud: What are the most expensive artworks ever sold?
After Bacon's triptych sold for a record-breaking $142 million, we look at the world's most expensive artworks to have sold at auction
Francis Bacon’s painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction when the hammer went down on $142 million in New York last night.
After just six minutes of bidding, the 1969 triptych sold for $142 million (£89.6m), exceeding its $85 million asking price by almost $60 million.
The previous record-holder for the most expensive artwork sold at auction had been Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, which was sold for $119.9 million in 2012.
From Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" to Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Dust", we take a look at the highest-selling artworks at auction.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 2 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 3 HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >