A Francis Bacon tripod depicting his close friend has sold for £24.3m – the highest value piece sold at a Frieze season auction in the past 10 years.
His paintings, titled Three Studies of the Portrait of Henrietta Moraes, come from the collection of American media executive William S Paley, who acquired the work from the Malborough Gallery a few months later. when it was completed in 1963.
Moraes was an important figure in London’s postwar art scene and acted as a muse for both Bacon and Lucian Freud.
On Friday, the tripod made its debut at auction at Sotheby’s in London in a contemporary evening sale, totaling £96.1 million – its highest weekday sale at Sotheby’s since 2011. 2015.
Until recently, it was kept under the management of the Museum of Modern Art (Moma) in New York, where it remained for more than 30 years after Mr. Paley’s death in 1990.
Bacon, known for his bold and shocking figurative style, died at the age of 82 in 1992.
His work focuses on the human form in an often brutal way and includes several trilogy, religious images of crucified people and popes, and self-portraits.
Sotheby’s said the proceeds from the sale will support various charities, including the Paley Museum, the Greenpark Foundation and a new endowment at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art).
Further works will be sold at Sotheby’s to benefit charities on Saturday.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/francis-bacon-triptych-sells-for-243m-at-auction-42068315.html Francis Bacon tripod sold for £24.3m at auction