Bacon's triptych expected to fetch £35m
The most important Francis Bacon triptych to remain in private hands looks set to smash all records for the artist when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in New York for an estimated £35m.
Triptych, 1976, a masterpiece deemed by experts to be of museum quality, was painted more than three decades ago when Bacon was at the height of his powers.
Hailed as the Irish-born artist's most accomplished triptych, it is expected to exceed even the record for his work,£26.6m for Study from Innocent X last year.
Triptych, 1976, on view in London until 16 April, conveys Bacon's tormented outlook after the death of his lover, George Dyer, with other classical themes which preoccupied his work. It has been shown in every big retrospective of his work.
Arts & Ents blogs
There is a good many moments in the second episode of this psychological thriller that deserve refle...
The opening titles squeal ‘Never Can Say Goodbye…’. Oh Lord how I wish I could heave this series off...
Even though there was a complete absence of our favourite odd couple Brienne and Jaime, we got anoth...
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 3 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
- 4 Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.