FRANCIS BACON TRIPTYCH SELLS FOR £26.3 MILLION ($51.7 MILLION/€35.2 MILLION) Triptych 1974-77 by Francis Bacon (1909-1992) sold for £26.3 million ($51.7 million/€35.2 million) tonight, becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold at Christie’s in London.
Christie’s is the world's leading art business with global auction sales in 2007 that totaled £3.1 billion/$6.3 billion. This marks the highest total in company and in art auction history.
Christie’s is the leading marketplace internationally for Post-War and Contemporary Art with global sales in the first half of 2007 totalling £459 million / $914 million. Christie’s New York Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in May 2006 became the most valuable auction ever in the category, and the second highest art auction in history totalling $384,654,400. In June 2007, the highest ever European sale total for Post-War and Contemporary Art was achieved at Christie’s London when the evening sale realised £74.1 million /$147.3 million.