Bacon’s 1976 “Triptych” could reach $70 million in May

March 26th, 2008

Triptych by Bacon via Bloomberg

In May Sotheby’s New York will auction a Francis Bacon painting which could fetch a record of $70 million. The triptych and was painted in 1976 when the Bacon lived in Paris, comprised of oil and pastel on canvas in three parts.

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The current owner, a European collector, has owned the painting for 30 years. The current record for a work by Bacon was made in May 2007 when Study from Innocent X, 1962,’ sold in New York for $52.7 million.