NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic works by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others were among the highlights of Christie’s contemporary art auction.
“Benefits Supervisor Resting” is considered Freud’s most celebrated work. It depicts the ample figure of a reclining woman, every fold, curve and blemish of her naked form revealed. It sold for $56.2 million, including buyer’s premium, Wednesday evening.
Another painting of a nude, this one by Bacon, sold for $47.8 million. “Portrait of Henrietta Moraes” depicts a seductive nude of the artist’s close friend and model reclining on a mattress. It had been in the same private collection for nearly 30 years.
Another work that created excitement was Andy Warhol’s 1963 large-scale silkscreen, “Colored Mona Lisa.” Exhibited in many major exhibitions, it also sold for $56.2 million.