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Francis Bacon painting brings in about $70 million at auction
Francis Bacon painting brings in about $70 million at auction

A painting by Francis Bacon sold at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday for £42.4 million (about $70 million), exceeding the estimated selling price and representing a record price at auction for a single panel by the artist. A Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million in November. "A Portrait of George Dyer Talking," which depicts the artist's former lover who committed suicide in 1971, had been expected to sell for $49 million. The painting, which was completed in 1966, was sold as part of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London. ART: Can you guess the high price? The $70 million brought in by the Bacon comes a few...

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