Francis Bacon's record painting

A painting by Francis Bacon has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction after fetching $142 million (£89 million) in New York.

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Triptych more than double Bacon's previous works

A painting by Francis Bacon which has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction fetched more than double the value of his second most expensive piece of artwork.

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Triptych, 1976, was bought for £43 million in 2008 by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich at an auction by Sotheby's in New York.

Bacon had previously sat as the subject for Freud, for a portrait which fetched more than £5 million at auction in 2008.

Bacon died in 1992 and Freud in 2011.

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