Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter works bring in millions at auction
Francis Bacon, the late British artist whose paintings habitually bring big bucks at auction, didn't disappoint this week when his 1963 "Portrait of Henrietta Moraes" sold for an impressive $33.2 million.
The sale was part of a Christie's auction of contemporary art in London. Gerhard Richter's painting "Abstraktes Bild" (1994) sold at the same auction for approximately $15.6 million.
Bacon's "Portrait of Henrietta Moraes" is a sort-of nude depiction of the British model who was famous in the mid-20th century for serving as the artistic muse for Bacon, Lucian Freud and others. (In the painting, her nude body is partially concealed by a green serpent-like figure.)
The sale isn't a record for a Bacon painting. That distinction still belongs to one of his "Triptych" works that sold in 2008 for $86.3 million.
The seller of "Henrietta" was Sheldon Solow, the New York real estate developer and art collector, according to Bloomberg. The buyer was identified only as a telephone bidder.
-- David Ng
Photo: Francis Bacon's "Portrait of Henrietta Moraes." Credit: Matt Dunham / Associated Press