A member of Christie’s staff walks towards Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucien Freud” on Oct. 14, 2013 in London, England. (credit: Getty Images)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — There’s a new record-setting piece of art.
A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.
“Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was purchased for $142.4 million at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The triptych depicts Bacon’s artist friend.
The work sold after “six minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone,” Christie’s said in a statement. The price includes the buyer’s premium. Christie’s did not say who bought the painting.
The price surpassed the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record when it was sold at Sotheby’s in a 2012 sale. Link to the original CBS NY/AP article