Sara Friedlander, Post-War and Contemporary Art expert, speaks before Francis Bacon's "Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards,” 1984, during a May 2 preview of Christie's May 6 Impressionist and Modern Art sale in New York.(AFP /Stan Honda)
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Hype over Francis Bacon, whose work fetched a record price last year, is set to hit fever pitch when a new triptych goes under the hammer next week.Another Bacon triptych "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" sold for $142.4 million in New York last year, smashing the world record for the most expensive piece of art ever auctioned.The current Bacon-mania had yet another jaw-dropping day in London last February, when his "Portrait of George Dyer Talking" sold for a dizzying $70 million.The triptych was considered among his finest works, by Bacon himself.Coming up on the Sotheby's May 14 postwar and contemporary block are the sculpture "Popeye" by Jeff Koons, at about $25 million, and the oil painting "Blau" by Gerhard Richter.
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