At $142.4 Million, Bacon Triptych Breaks Records at Christie’s Auction

A triptych by Francis Bacon brought in a record-breaking $142.4 million last evening at Christie’s sale of postwar and contemporary art—more than $85 million over the auction house’s estimate, reports Carol Vogel in the New York Times. “I went to $101 million but it hardly mattered,” said dealer Larry Gagosian, according to Vogel. In total, last evening’s sale amounted to $691.5 million, far surpassing the $495 million of Christie’s May auction. Nine artists other than Bacon also achieved record prices, including Christopher Wool, Ad Reinhardt, Donald Judd, and Willem de Kooning. Of the sixty-nine works on the auction block, only six failed to sell.