Francis Bacon artwork makes world record sale!
13 November 2013
Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych depicting his friend Lucian Freud set the world record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction earlier this week, making a staggering $142.4 million. The stunning piece was purchased by Acquavella Galleries in New York during a Christie’s Post-war and Contemporary Art Sale on Tuesday 12th November. A Christie’s spokesman stated that the 3 studies of Freud sold after “6 minutes of fierce bidding”. Not only did this piece smash Bacon’s previous record of $86 million, it also surpassed the world record set by Sotheby’s in 2012 by the sale of Edvard Munch’s The Scream which reached a hammer price of almost $120 million. The sale brought in over $691.5 million for Christie’s, which is thought to be the highest of any auction.
John Jones has been framing Bacon’s work since the 1960’s when the artist would bring his work to our studios wrapped up in bin bags. Over the years our team has enjoyed developing grand gilded framing solutions that complement the artist’s dramatic style and artistic intent. Our founder Mr John Jones MBE was gifted a Bacon print to express the artist’s gratitude, which now hangs in our design studios as a reminder of the long-lasting relationships that we strive to create with clients. We are thrilled that Three Studies of Lucian Freud was presented and sold within a John Jones frame design!