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A Heaping slab of Bacon at Sotheby’s

April 5, 2012

Francis Bacon, Figure Writing Reflected In Mirror, Estimate: $30-40 million. Photograph courtesy Sotheby’s.


On the same day Christie’s announced they’d bagged Yves Klein’s FC 1, Sotheby’s announced they’d nabbed a significant Francis Bacon painting for their May 9 evening sale of Post War & Contemporary Art in New York.  The language of the Sotheby’s press release was a good deal more restrained (though the phrase “among the most powerful and sophisticated paintings by Bacon” is debatable).  More from the release:

Figure Writing Reflected In Mirror was included in the legendary 1977 exhibition at Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, where it was shown alongside Triptych, 1976, which holds the record price for any work of Contemporary art at auction. The present owners purchased the painting at that exhibition and it has not appeared on the market since. Figure Writing Reflected In Mirror is estimated to fetch $30/40 million and will be exhibited in London beginning 13 April before going on view in New York.

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