A FRANCIS BACON painting of a male nude has sold for $44.8 million (€34.5 million) at a Sotheby’s art auction in New York last night.
The Dublin-born artist painted “Figure Writing Reflected in a Mirror” in 1976. The sale follows in the footsteps of Edward Munch’s “The Scream” which was sold by Sotheby’s last week for $119 million dollars – not a bad week for the auction house.
The Bacon painting had a pre-sale estimate of $30-40 million dollars.
The New York Times reports that there were five tenacious bidders vying for the painting but it ended up selling to Charles Moffett, Sotheby’s executive vice president and vice chairman of its worldwide Impressionist, modern and contemporary art department, who was bidding for a mystery client.