Two days, two modern art masterpieces, two record-breaking auction prices -- and one buyer: Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
A respected art publication says London-based Abramovich was the anonymous buyer of Francis Bacon's "Triptych" and Lucian Freud's "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping," which sold at separate New York auctions last week for a total of $120 million.
Abramovich represents a new breed of super-rich collector from emerging economies -- such as China, the Middle East and, especially, Russia -- that is buoying the art market through tough economic times.
The Art Newspaper cited sources close to the market as confirming that Abramovich, a former oil magnate, had bought both paintings.
Sotheby's, which sold the Bacon work; and Christie's, which auctioned the Freud, refused to provide details about the buyers. A spokesman for Abramovich declined to comment.