A work by the late British painter Francis Bacon, the 1969 triptych “Three Studies of Lucien Freud,” set a new world record for the most expensive painting ever auctioned off, when it sold November 13th at Christie’s Auction House in Manhattan for $142.4 million. The sale shattered the old record of $119 million, which was set by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which sold at Sotheby’s last year.
Another record was set when Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” brought in the highest auction price for a living artist. The 10-foot-tall stainless steel structure sold for $58.4 million.
Scroll through to see the 8 pieces that brought in the highest prices.
All images courtesy of Christie’s.