Christie’s Aims to Score $70 Mil With Rare Francis Bacon Triptych

artnet News | Brian Boucher:

Christie’s will tap a major market force at its May 17 postwar and contemporary art auction in New York, having snagged a Francis Bacon triptych, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1963), which is tagged at between $50 and $70 million. If the painting makes its high estimate, it will earn a place as Bacon’s fourth-priciest work at auction.

Freshness to market and an intriguing provenance are among the factors that auction houses tout when offering paintings, and this canvas has both; it has never before come to auction, and it was once in the collection of the children’s book author Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (The current seller is unnamed.)… Read more

Image: Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1963). Courtesy Christie’s