Sotheby’s Sets Auction Record with $39.7 million Francis Bacon Nude

February 28th, 2008

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“Study of a Nude with Figure in a Mirror,” Francis Bacon via Bloomberg

A Francis Bacon painting of a female nude was sold last night in London, for £20 million ($39.7 million).

Auctions record at Sothby’s [BBC News]
Bacon’s painting sold for £20 million [Bloomberg]
Sotheby’s triumph in London last night [Guardian.co.uk]
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction [the Economist]

With this sale, Sotheby’s completed Europe’s biggest contemporary-art sale. The buyer remains anonymous.  Also last night, three self portraits by Warhol from 1986 reached almost £11.5m from an anonymous buyer.