Nothing like a little ridiculous extravagance to put things into perspective hey. While the Phillipines is reeling from unimaginable devastation after super typhoon Haiyan left at least 10 000 people dead in a single city, someone forked out R1.3 billion at auction yesterday for artwork by a guy who died a few centuries ago. The world record for artwork sold at auction was smashed when “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” by Francis Bacon was sold at Christie’s for $142 million.
Ok so it’s not exactly one painting, but one painting split into three. A triptych as the artsy brigade would call it.
Someone still paid over a billion Rand for some paint on a canvas by a dead guy.
“A triptych of paintings by Francis Bacon just smashed the art world’s record for the sale price of an artwork at auction. Bacon’s study of fellow British painter Lucian Freud sold for $142,405,000 on Tuesday at Christie’s. That’s about $20 million more than the previous record sale of a pastel of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” in the spring of 2012 at a Sotheby’s auction. ” [AtlanticWire]