Francis Bacon Triptych sells for US$84.6m in Sotheby’s virtual auction

World | 30 Jun 2020 10:28 pm

Auctioneer Sotheby's said today it achieved sales of US$363.2 million in an unprecedented series of three auctions, held remotely by Chairman and auctioneer Oliver Barker in London, taking bids from Sotheby's specialists on phone banks in New York, Hong Kong & London, as well as online bidders.

The ongoing sales were live-streamed to the world via seamless, real time video.
Francis Bacon’s Masterpiece Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus was sold for US$84.6 Million
An online bidder from China competed with a determined client bidding by phone with Grégoire Billault of Sotheby's New York Contemporary Art Department in a 10-minute battle for the work, Sotheby's said.
Twenty five works by 16 female artists were sold, totaling US$86 million and achieved five auction records
Joan Mitchell’s Garden Party was sold to an online bidder for US$7.9 million,
only to be surpassed by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Head), which sold for US$15.2 million, Sotheby's said.

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