So...this is what the most expensive piece of art ever sold at an auction looks like. This 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon went for $142.4 million dollars at Christie's in NYC last night. Crazy.
From the NY Times:
When the bidding for “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” finally stopped, after more than 10 fraught minutes, the overflowing crowd in the salesroom burst into applause. Two disappointed bidders could be seen leaving the room. “I went to $101 million but it hardly mattered,” said Larry Gagosian, the super-dealer who was trying to buy the painting on behalf of a client. Another contender was Hong Gyu Shin, the director of the Shin Gallery on Grand Street in Manhattan, who said he was bidding for himself.