Nov. 13 - A Francis Bacon triptych sells for a record $142.4 million at Christie's New York, as the auction house holds its biggest sale in history. Tara Cleary reports.
With bidding starting at a whopping $80 million U.S. dollars, Christie's, New York was on its way to scooping a huge auction record. Francis Bacon's triptych of his close friend and fellow artist, Lucian Freud, sells for $127 million dollars … and with buyer's premium that's just over $142 million dollars. SOUNDBITE: Jussi Pylkkanen, principal auctioneer of Christie's and president of Christie's in Europe and the Middle East, saying (English): "These triptych's are incredibly rare. The previous record for a work of art at auction is just over $100 million (USD) so for us to see $142 is something quite extraordinary. It may be many years before that is broken." Jussi Pylkkanen is Christie's principal auctioneer - and he says the entire post-war and contemporary sale was the biggest in history for the auction house, selling close to $700 million dollars worth of art. The Bacon buyer was the Acquavella Gallery, which was bidding on behalf of a client.