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Francis Bacon painting could set artist record

November 12, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon is poised to topple the $86 million auction record for the British artist.

"Three Studies of Lucian Freud" is being offered Tuesday at Christie's postwar and contemporary art sale in New York. The work depicts Bacon's friend and artist.

Bacon's 1976 "Triptych" currently holds the record, set in 2008.

It remains to be seen if "Three Studies" will top the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch's "The Scream." That became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction at a Sotheby's 2012 sale.

A bright orange-yellow and white painting by Mark Rothko titled "Untitled (No. 11)" could fetch up to $35 million. In May 2012, Christie's sold another Rothko, "Orange, Red, Yellow," for $86.8 million. It's a record for any contemporary artwork at auction.



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