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Bringing home the Bacon

Bringing home the Bacon

A painting that brings together two of Britain’s greatest artists could become one of the most expensive modern artworks ever sold when it is auctioned in New York next month. Christie’s auction house says Francis Bacon’s ‘‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’’ could sell for as much as $100 million, well above the current record for Bacon’s work. Christie’s contemporary art specialist Francis Outred said Monday that ‘‘the market has moved on’’ since Bacon’s ‘‘Triptych’’ sold in 2008 for $86 million. He said the Freud portrait, ‘‘can comfortably beat this record and possibly even get closer to $100 million.’’ Bacon’s three-panel portrait of his friend Freud was painted in 1969 and has never been sold at auction. It will go under the hammer in New York on Nov. 12. (AP)

Banksy fans cash in

Banksy, the British graffiti artist causing a sensation in New York City, says he sold a few of his artworks over the weekend for up to $60 apiece, far below the thousands they typically fetch. Banksy wrote on his website that he had set up a stall in Central Park on Saturday with original signed works. But the secretive artist warned Sunday: ‘‘That stall will not be there again today.’’ The website features a photo and video of the pop-up stall with a sign that read: ‘‘Spray Art. $60.’’ Eight people over the course of the day are seen buying the works and getting a hug, a peck on the cheek, or a handshake after a purchase from an elderly man working the stall. It is not clear who the man is. Banksy refuses to give his real name. The total take for the day was $420, according to the website. (AP)

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