Last evening, Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud — a triptych of the Irish-born British painter predominately known for his dark figurative portraits — sold for a record $142.4 million at Christie’s auction house.
The Rockefeller Center salesroom was crowded with collectors from all over the world, each bidding modestly in increments of a million dollars until finally the floor stood silent as an unidentified phone bidder took the iconic work. These three paintings which were created in 1969 depict the artist’s colleague Lucien Freud perched atop a delicate wooden chair, against a bright golden background with sharp abstracted perspective lines. The record sale has officially replaced Edward Munch’s The Scream as the most expensive painting ever, which sold for $119.9 million earlier in May of 2012.
Watch all the hot hot bidding action below: