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Francis Bacon oil painting breaks Christie's record

Published on Feb 14, 2014 6:28 AM
 
A gallery assistant poses with Portrait Of George Dyer Talking by Francis Bacon in 1966 on display at Christie's in London on Feb 7, 2014. The portrait sold for over 42 million pounds (S$88.6 million) at Christie's in London on Thursday, a European record for the auction house. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS  

LONDON (AFP) - A portrait by British artist Francis Bacon depicting his lover and muse George Dyer sold for over 42 million pounds (S$88.6 million) at Christie's in London on Thursday, a European record for the auction house.

Oil masterpiece Portrait Of George Dyer Talking, painted at the height of Bacon's powers, was first shown in Paris in 1966 - the year of its creation - and then at the artist's legendary first museum retrospective at the city's Grand Palais five years later.

The exhibition opened two days after Dyer had committed suicide.

The 1.83 metre tall painting shows a contorted Dyer sitting on a stool under a bare light.

 
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