Francis Bacon trio of dollars comes from the collection of shipping heir Norweigan Hans Rasmus Astrup. It will go on sale in May in New York.
The artwork will be available at Francis Bacon trio of dollars comes from the collection of shipping heir Norweigan Hans Rasmus Astrup. It will go on sale in May in New York.
This is a work that Bacon drew from 1962 to 1991, including three tables. In addition, his top three auction results are all three times from this era: Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), which sold for $142.4m at Christie’s in 2013; Triptych (1976) sold at Sotheby’s for $86.2m in 2008; and Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards (1984), which sold for $80.8m at Christies in 2014.
Grégoire Billault, head of Sothotti’s Contemporary Art division in New York, said: “Following the success of Francis Bacon’s Study for a Head in May 2019, an exceptional example of the artist’s famed ‘Screaming Popes’ from 1952 that sold at Sotheby’s New York for $50.4m, we are honoured to bring the next masterpiece by Bacon to auction, and to have been chosen to tell the incredible story of this mythical series of pictures from his later career.”
This will be the sixth of Bacon’s large format triptychs ever to appear at auction. This work is inspired by the works of the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus. The dimensions of each plate of the picture is 78 x 58 inches. It revisits the themes that Bacon first developed in his 1944 painting, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, which now resides at the Tate in London.
Currently, Norweigan Hans Rasmus Astrup is the owner of this work. He bought them from Marlborough’s American Art of London in 1984. It has long been held at Astrup Fearnley Museet, the collector’s private museum in Oslo.
Sothbike and Christie are both competing for $ 450 million worth of Marron real estate currently being sold through an unusual library alliance of Pace, Gagosian and Acquavella. However, the Bacon trio marked the auction house’s second coup for the season after they announced it last week. From a collection of famous West Coast collectors, late Harry Hunk and Mary Margaret, Moo Arnold Anderson, 26 artworks will sell for around $ 55 million.