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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Rare triptych of Bacon's muse fetches £26.6m at auction

Published 01/07/2014 | 02:30

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Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer sold for £26.6 million
Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer sold for £26.6 million
Francis Bacon in 1970
Francis Bacon in 1970
George Dyer, the lover of artist Francis Bacon.
George Dyer, the lover of artist Francis Bacon.

A rare triptych of Irish-born Francis Bacon's muse and lover George Dyer has sold for a landmark £26,682,500 (€33.2m).

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The triptych, entitled 'Three studies for portrait of George Dyer', attracted major attention when it was offered up as part of Sotheby's evening sale of contemporary art in London.

Sotheby's described it as a "new record for a small-scale triptych by the artist".

The previous record for a small-scale triptych by Bacon was €28m for a 1964 portrait of Lucien Fraud.

Dyer and Bacon became romantically involved after Bacon caught the East End petty criminal breaking into his South Kensington mews in the middle of the night. Some 129 photos of Dyer were found in the studio of Bacon after his death.

Irish Independent

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