Francis Bacon painting sells for $142M, passes ‘The Scream’ record for auction
NEW YORK | A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon has sold for more than $142 million in New York, a record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.
“Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale Tuesday night. The work depicts Bacon’s artist friend.
The price tops the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a record when it was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 2012.