A triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $84.6million at a Sotheby’s auction life-streamed to bidders worldwide yesterday. The British artist’s work, inspired by Greek playwright Aeschylus’s Oresteia, is one of 28 large scale paintings in three parts created by Bacon between 1962 and 1991. Sotheby’s spring auctions usually earn billions of dollars but managers were forced to adapt when coronavirus struck New York earlier this year. Last month the auction house announced it would be streaming a series of modern and contemporary art sales from London instead. Francis Bacon’s work, inspired by Greek playwright Aeschylus’s Oresteia, is one of 28 large scale paintings in three parts created by Bacon between 1962 and 1991 Bacon’s triptych previously belonged to a Norwegian art collector and had an estimated value of $60-$80million. Describing the event as ‘an historic evening’, Chairman for Sotheby’s Europe Oliver Barker introduced the auction, the first of its magnitude to be held without an audience. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next St Albans Cathedral places painting of the Last Supper with… York Minster’s statue of Roman emperor Constantine could be… Share this article Share A bidding war raged for around 10 minutes between one potential buyer placing bids online from… Read full this story
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