ARTS & CULTURE

Francis Bacon's Works Steal The Sale At Sotheby's In London

06/27/2013 10:59 am ET
NY Times

LONDON — Two paintings by Francis Bacon — one of the artist’s favorite female model and another of a man peering at the viewer from behind a pair of delicate glasses — were the stars of Sotheby’s sale of contemporary art here on Wednesday night.

It was the second night in a week of back-to-back auctions here, and the salesroom was overflowing with collectors and dealers. Most came to watch, but many bid as well. On offer were 68 works, including other examples by British artists like David Hockney and Damien Hirst, as well as an international array of blue-chip names — Lucio Fontana, Andreas Gursky and John Currin, to name a few.

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