Francis Bacon's record breaking artwork breaks together two of the 20th century's greatest figurative painters, auction house Christie's said.
Three Studies of Lucian Freud, executed in 1969, is a true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud's relationship, paying tribute to the creative and emotional kinship between the two artists.
The juxtaposition of radiant sunshine yellow contrasting with the brutal physicality and immediacy of the brushstrokes in this celebrated life-size triptych is what makes Bacon's art so remarkable.
The painting stands as one of only two existing full-length triptychs of Lucian Freud, and for almost 15 years the three panels were separated before being reunited in the 1980s.
More top news
More deprived areas of England have received the biggest cuts over the last five years, according to an influential think-tank.
A suspected burglar and domestic abuser who goaded police on their own Facebook page has been taunted back after handing himself in.
Motorists are to be allowed 10 minutes' grace after a parking ticket runs out before they can receive a fine, under new rules.