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Pope, Painted by Francis Bacon, Was Sold at Auction for 139 Million Dollars

19.11.2021
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After Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctioned houses held the auction season in New York, Phillips decided to organize the contemporary art auction. The show took place at Park Avenue on Wednesday. The sale brought 139 million dollars in total. And it was the highest evening sale in the house’s history.

Henry Highly lead the sale that was lasting for two hours in a new exhibition space. This was also the first sale of this season held by Stephen Brooks.

On the show, 46 lots were offered, and 43 of them were sold achieving a 93 percent sell. For example, Barkley L. Hendricks’s painting of a young soldier from 1968 and another work of art painted by Milton Avery in 1957 was withdrawn even before the beginning of the sale.

The work that brought the highest price of that evening was a pope painted by Francis Bacon. Created in 1958 by the artist, it depicts a leering pope surrounded by two owls. The work of art went to a bidder who was on the phone for 33 million dollars.

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