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October 27, 1985 | WILLIAM WILSON
This lovely and coherent Swabian town of 600,000 souls has a splendid new art museum by British architect James Stirling, an edifice that would grace a city five times its size. Opened last year, the widely acclaimed Neue Staatsgalerie at the moment plays host to the works of England's most eminent living painter, Francis Bacon. Just those few facts make enticing suggestions about a vital and cosmopolitan German culture.
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February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
A painting by Francis Bacon sold at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday for £42.4 million (about $70 million), exceeding the estimated selling price and representing a record price at auction for a single panel by the artist. A Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million in November. "A Portrait of George Dyer Talking," which depicts the artist's former lover who committed suicide in 1971, had been expected to sell for $49 million. The painting, which was completed in 1966, was sold as part of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London.
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February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
A painting by Francis Bacon sold at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday for £42.4 million (about $70 million), exceeding the estimated selling price and representing a record price at auction for a single panel by the artist. A Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million in November. "A Portrait of George Dyer Talking," which depicts the artist's former lover who committed suicide in 1971, had been expected to sell for $49 million. The painting, which was completed in 1966, was sold as part of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London.
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December 17, 2013 | By David Ng
The Francis Bacon triptych that recently sold for a record-breaking amount at auction will go on public display at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon starting Saturday. But the identity of the buyer who shelled out $142.4 million for the work remains a mystery. "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," created in 1969, was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York in November. The $142.4 million paid for the piece represents a record amount for a work of art sold at auction, breaking the previous record held by Edvard Munch's "The Scream" of $119.9 million in 2012.
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December 17, 2013 | By David Ng
The Francis Bacon triptych that recently sold for a record-breaking amount at auction will go on public display at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon starting Saturday. But the identity of the buyer who shelled out $142.4 million for the work remains a mystery. "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," created in 1969, was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York in November. The $142.4 million paid for the piece represents a record amount for a work of art sold at auction, breaking the previous record held by Edvard Munch's "The Scream" of $119.9 million in 2012.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Ng
A 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon was sold Tuesday for a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction. The previous record holder was Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for $119.9 million in 2012. Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York of postwar and contemporary art that brought in a total of $691.6 million. The Bacon work depicts his fellow British artist in three different seated poses against an orange background.
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April 29, 1992 | WILLIAM WILSON, TIMES ART CRITIC
Francis Bacon was inarguably the greatest British figurative painter of the 20th Century, one of those typical stand-alone artists that England produces--Gainsborough, Turner, Blake. He died of a heart attack Tuesday in a Madrid hospital while vacationing in Spain. He was 82. He burst insidiously on the world in the mid-1950s with strange paintings like "Study After Velasquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X."
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October 9, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes it really is better to let a painter's work speak for itself. That's the feeling that John Maybury's adventurous but off-putting "Love Is the Devil" leaves you with. Cautiously subtitled "Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon," it concentrates on the painter's relationship with his lover and model George Dyer, the inspiration for a series of key works in the Bacon canon.
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April 10, 1994 | Jeffrey Hogrefe, Jeffrey Hogrefe, author of "O'Keeffe: The Life of An American Legend," (Bantam Paperback), is at work on a biography of Salvador Dali for Doubleday & Co. He lives in New York
After dinner in private houses, Princess Margaret likes to sing Cole Porter. As sister of the most powerful monarch in the world, she can generally hold guests captive to her lack of ability. One night, though, at a fancy ball given by Ann, Lady Rothermere (later Mrs. Ian Fleming), the princess began the familiar lyrics of "Let's Do It," when the cheering of Queen Elizabeth's subjects was drowned out by the sound of booing rumbling like thunder from the back of the ballroom.
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April 29, 1992 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Francis Bacon, widely regarded as Britain's greatest contemporary painter, died of a heart attack in a Madrid hospital Tuesday. Bacon, who had suffered from asthma, became ill while visiting friends in Spain. The 82-year-old painter was highly controversial in traditional artistic circles, since his powerful canvases, executed with splashing brush strokes, were often concerned with the themes of sex, suffering and death. Many regarded his paintings as obscene.
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November 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Nobel Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot died in England in 1965; his widow Valerie made it her mission to keep his work alive. She died  in 2012 at the age of 86, and her estimable estate goes up for auction in London on Wednesday. Christie's is calling the auction " A Life's Devotion: The Collection of the Late Mrs T.S. Eliot . " Thirty-eight years his junior, Valerie, Eliot's second wife, carefully guarded his legacy. Literary watchers were surprised when she allowed the poems in Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" to be made into a musical.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Ng
A 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon was sold Tuesday for a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction. The previous record holder was Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for $119.9 million in 2012. Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York of postwar and contemporary art that brought in a total of $691.6 million. The Bacon work depicts his fellow British artist in three different seated poses against an orange background.
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November 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
A three-panel painting by British artist Francis Bacon broke auction price records Tuesday at Christie's in New York, garnering the most money --$142.4 million -- of any work ever sold at an auction. Until now "The Scream" by Edvard Munch held the top spot for highest auction price tag; it sold at Sotheby's in 2012 for almost $120 million.         The Bacon work, a triptych from 1969 titled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” depicts another painter, Lucian Freud, a friend of Bacon's -- and ultimately an artistic rival -- sitting in three different positions on the same chair.
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July 24, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
The Art of Cruelty A Reckoning Maggie Nelson W.W. Norton: 304 pp., $24.95 From a movie billboard in her Los Angeles neighborhood to the Italian Futurists, Maggie Nelson swings her lively gaze across a century's worth of art and culture in "The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning. " The starting point for this study of violence and art is Antonin Artaud, the French playwright behind the "theatre of cruelty" who wrote that cruelty in art "signifies rigor, implacable intention and decision, irreversible and absolute determination.
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February 11, 2011
Francis Bacon's portrait of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud fetched $37 million at a London auction Thursday. Auctioneer Sotheby's said that the triptych, "Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud," was bought a bidder who wished to remain anonymous. The crimson-toned artwork captures a distorted vision of Freud, who like Bacon was one of postwar Britain's leading artists. ?Associated Press Singlehood in sight for Sheen Charlie Sheen can go back to being single, but he'll have to wait a few months before it's official, a judge ruled Thursday.
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October 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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February 11, 1990 | WILLIAM WILSON
In the mid-1950s, a UCLA exhibition included a new British artist--Francis Bacon. He was represented by "Study After Velasquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X." Awed faculty dragged their budding-genius students down to have a look. It wasn't surprising that the kids had never seen anything quite like it, but neither had grizzled art teachers, who had seen a good bit. The sinister, crafty Pope was pictured suddenly screaming.
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July 27, 1997 | NICHOLAS FOX WEBER, Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, is currently writing a book about the painter Balthus
"The more indiscreet you are, the better the book will be," Francis Bacon counseled Michael Peppiatt about this biography. The English painter believed in laying things bare. The bold brushwork of his canvases presented screaming popes, anguished figures crouched on toilets, nude male wrestlers in a frenzy of violent sex.
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February 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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November 16, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
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