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.
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