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

Jess Denham
Wednesday 13 November 2013 12:20

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.

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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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