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Bacon $142 Million Triptych Beats Warhol: Top 2013 Auction Sales

The priciest segment of the art market surged to record highs in 2013 amid demand from established collectors and wealthy new buyers from emerging-market economies.

The top 10 auction lots of 2013 raised $752.2 million, a 27 percent increase from 2012 and an 82 percent jump from 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Every item in the group fetched more than $45 million. In November, Christie’s International Plc sold $692 million of art in less than three hours, the highest auction tally ever.