FRANCIS BACON PAINTING SOLD FOR RECORD PRICE

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Francis Bacon painting of Lucian Freud sells at auction for record price

A painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud has sold at auction in New York for 142 million dollars (£89), making it the highest price ever reached at auction. The buyer's identity has not been revealed.

In 1982, Arena made a feature of the American writer, William Burroughs. In the course of the filming, Arena followed him to 7 Reece Mews in Kensington, the home and studio of Francis Bacon. The two masters of outrage had known each other since Burroughs' 16 years of exile in London during the 60s and 70s. On a winter's afternoon, Burroughs dropped in for a cup of tea and a catch up with Bacon. This meeting has never been broadcast and the excerpt here is shown uncut as they bemoan Jackson Pollock's paintings as looking like 'old lace'.

Francis Bacon meets William Burroughs in uncut footage from Arena rushes

Arena: Bacon Meets Burroughs (1982). Directed by Howard Brookner and Nigel Finch, Series Editor - Anthony Wall

 

 

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