Christie's to sell Francis Bacon's 'Seated Figure' for $60m

Christie's to sell Francis Bacon's 'Seated Figure' for $60m

Bacon's pricey prince-bishop

One of Francis Bacon's major works is set to see one of the highest bids in Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art auction on November 12 in New York

Next month, Christie's New York will be auctioning off one of Francis Bacon's most coveted pieces. The work, entitled Seated Figure (Red Cardinal), is a unique representation of Bacon's papal series – which originated from his obsession with Diego Velazquez's 1960 Portrait of Pope Innocent X.

However, even though the painting is estimated at $40m-60m, the piece is not likely to top the record for Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which is held at $142.2m and is the most valuable piece of art ever sold at auction.

Painted in 1960, the Seated Figure (Red Cardinal) was acquired by the consignor in 1996, but was not seen in public for 35 years before Christie's auction next month.