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There's a New "Most Expensive Painting"

By November 13, 2013

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A triptych by Francis Bacon of fellow artist (and friend) Lucian Freud became the "world's most expensive painting" at a Christie's art auction this week, selling for US$142,405,000. The same auction saw a new record for the work of a living artist too, with Jeff Koons's "Balloon Dog (Orange)" sculpture sold for US$58.4 million. Read the New York Times news report on it.

• See Also: Christie's Video from Auction


November 13, 2013 at 6:05 am
(1) Yover says:

Lucky acquirer!

November 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(2) Lorraine says:

I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion. How sad, 85 million.

November 15, 2013 at 3:05 am
(3) Y. Prior says:

I really love how you worded this – yet another “most expensive painting” – lolů. oh – and thanks for noting the Balloon Dog sale too – because I found that very interesting to learn more about Koon and the Carlson & Co. (now out of business). good NPR article here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127239760

November 15, 2013 at 7:26 am
(4) Yover says:

I wonder… If in place of Lucian freud, the model was an obscure celebrity, what would have been the actual price of this painting?

November 15, 2013 at 7:29 am
(5) Marion BE says:

@Yover: I’d wondered the same. I think it being Lucian Freud definitely adds to the appeal of the painting.

November 15, 2013 at 9:22 am
(6) Yover says:

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