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Francis Bacon Painting Offered for $78 Million Fails to Sell

  • Trophy painting at Christie’s London auction lures no takers
  • Evening auction ends with gasps rather than applause
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A trophy painting by Francis Bacon failed to draw any bids at Christie’s in London after being offered at auction for 60 million pounds
($78 million).

The unexpected outcome for the star lot of Christie’s evening sale of postwar and contemporary art on Friday drew a collective gasp in the sale room. The auctioneer began soliciting bids at 50 million pounds and continued up to 58 million pounds. None came.