October 16, 2007 |
A Francis Bacon painting the artist donated to an art college in lieu of rent decades ago has sold for $16.4 million at an auction where solid but unspectacular results suggest global financial turmoil may be unsettling the art market. "Study From the Human Body, Man Turning On the Light" was bought late Sunday by an anonymous bidder at Christie's auction house in London.
February 10, 2007 |
A portrait by British painter Francis Bacon sold for $27.6 million, a record price for the artist, Christie's auction house said. Bacon, who died in 1992, is considered one of Britain's most important 20th century artists. "Study for Portrait II" is one of a series of Bacon works inspired by Diego Velazquez's 1650 "Portrait of Pope Innocent X," auctioneers said. Christie's spokeswoman Rhiannon Broomfield said the buyer had not agreed to disclose an identity or nationality.
November 16, 2006 |
A Francis Bacon painting fetched $15 million at Sotheby's contemporary and postwar auction, smashing the record for the Dublin-born artist. Bacon's "Version No. 2 of Lying Figure With Hypodermic Syringe," a powerful 1968 work, was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder, eclipsing the old record by some $5 million. The work was one of 27 being sold Tuesday from the noteworthy Vanthournout collection, all of which found buyers.
June 19, 2004 |
A major Francis Bacon painting that has lain hidden in the vaults of an Iranian museum for three decades went on display in London for the first time Friday. The 1968 triptych, "Two Figures Lying on a Bed With Attendants," shows two naked men on a bed in the central panel. They are watched on one side by a naked man in a chair with a flapping bird, on the other by a monkey and a seated man wearing a suit.
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March 10, 2003 |
John Edwards, 53, who was the artist Francis Bacon's closest friend for 18 years and heir to his paintings and property, died Tuesday in Bangkok of lung cancer. The model for at least 30 of Bacon's portraits, Edwards was a barman in London's East End when he met Bacon, 40 years his senior, in 1974. The two men became close friends. Bacon relied on Edwards to destroy works that he deemed unsatisfactory. He also took him along on his frequent gambling and drinking forays into London nightlife.
January 10, 1999 |
In the summer of 1953, British painter Francis Bacon invited his friend, art critic David Sylvester, to sit for a portrait in the "gilded squalor" of his studio. Sometime during the fourth sitting, Sylvester's likeness mutated (as Bacon's images were prone to do) into a somber, ghost-like portrait of the pope.