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Francis Bacon’s Canvas of His Lover Sold for $70,3 Million at Christie’s

Francis Bacon’s canvas of his lover sold for $70,3 million at Christie’s in London on Thursday night. That was the highest price paid for a single-panel work by the artist. Christie’s had expected Bacon’s painting to sell for $50 million. The 6-foot-tall 1966 canvas, “Portrait of George Dyer Talking,” was consigned by Mexican financier David Martinez. It depicts Bacon’s lover perched on a stool, his twisted body positioned under a naked light bulb as though he were being interrogated.

Francis Bacon Work Sells for $70 Million at Christie’s Auction

Bacon is a blue-chip commodity,” said Alan Hobart, London-based private art dealer. “He is one of the great 20th-century masters and there is an increasing global demand for his work.”

Christie’s London evening auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art realised a total of £124,192,000 ($206,158,720) selling 83% by lot and 95% by value and achieving the 2nd highest ever total for a European Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art. Bidding was explosive for many of the 48 offered lots, eight of which failed to sell. Seventeen works fetched more than £1 million and seven artist records were set, including those for the U.K.’s Jenny Saville, Bridget Riley and Gary Hume.

Francis Bacon Work Sells for $70 Million at Christie’s Auction Francis Bacon Work Sells for $70 Million at Christie’s Auction

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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