A triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $ 84.6 million at auctions held Monday at Sotheby’s, the first major sales entirely at a distance, without an audience physically present, because of the pandemic.
This triptych inspired by the Orestes of Aeschylus – one of the 28 triptychs, large-format painted by Bacon between 1962 and 1991 – was the star attraction of the evening was qualified as”historic” by the president of Sotheby’s Europe Oliver Barker, host from London of these auctions adapted to the era of the coronavirus.
Up here property of the collector Norwegian Hans Rasmus Astrup since 1984, the work had been estimated to be between 60 million and 80 million dollars.
It was acquired after a ten minute battle between a buyer enchérant directly online from the China, and a telephone link with a specialist from Sotheby’s in New York. It is the latter, who remained anonymous, which has finally prevailed.
Another triptych by Bacon, “Three studies of Lucian Freud” was sold for 142.4 million dollars in 2013, at Christie’s in New York, the ranking among the 10 tables to be the most expensive ever sold at auction.
Waiting for the big sales at Christie’s, provided they on 10 July, sales of Sotheby’s – passed under the control of the businessman franco-israeli Patrick Drahi end of 2019 – in seem to indicate, a pandemic helping, some do not hesitate to get millions to purchase art online.
While online auctions exceeded rarely the 5 million dollars, a painting by Joan Mitchell, “Garden Party”, is party to a $ 7.9 million, and the drawing of a head of Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Untitled (Head)” is party to 15.2 million, a new record for an online purchase at Sotheby s.
Due to the pandemic, the two world leaders of the auction, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, have pushed back and consolidated their major sales in the spring.
With the dispersal of the collection of the American Ginny Williams – sold Monday for a total amount of $ 65.5 million – the sales of Monday night at Sotheby’s, passed under the control of the businessman franco-israeli Patrick Drahi end of 2019, have reached 363,2 million, said the auction house.