The pandemic coronavirus auction house Sotheby’s conducted the world’s first large remote bidding. Triptych of the British expressionist Francis bacon was sold for 84,6 million dollars, reports “Around the world”.
During the bidding the audience in the hall were absent. The auctioneer Oliver Barker, who conducted a live broadcast from London all alone, would buyers on video.
In anticipation of the auction the auction house Sotheby’s announced the starting price of the triptych of Francis bacon, $ 60 million. The amount for which the triptych was sold, exceeded the initial one by more than 20 million, jumped to $84,6 million
Work fiercely fought two collectors from China and the United States. I won the second.
In total, the auction house Sotheby’s was rescued on the remote auction 363,2 million dollars.
Triptych based on the tragedy by Aeschylus “oresteya” Francis bacon (1909-1992) wrote in 1981. This is one of the triptychs created by the artist in large format from 1962 to 1991.
The previous owner of the paintings, which put them up for sale, was Hans Rasmus Astrup, a collector from Oslo. The triptych was in his collection since 1984.
It is not a big sum for which ever sold works of Francis bacon. In 2013, at Christie’s auction another triptych by the artist – “Three sketches for a portrait by Lucian Freud” – bought for 142.4 million dollars. He entered the top ten most expensive paintings sold by this auction house.
Despite the success of the current online auctions auctioneers testified that nowadays it is an anxious time. She seriously suffered from the inability to organize the bidding in real time. Against the backdrop of falling income at the auction house Sotheby’s, a wave of layoffs.