A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon — “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” pictured here last month in London — set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction on Tuesday night.
The work was purchased for $142,405,000 at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale. The triptych depicts Bacon’s artist friend.
The work sold after “6 minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone,” Christie’s said in a statement. The price includes the buyer’s premium. Christie’s did not say who bought the painting.
The price surpassed the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record when it was sold at Sotheby’s in a 2012 sale.
— The Associated Press