Thursday, February 10, 2011

What does 23 million pounds look like?

23 million pounds looks like this:


And 13 million pounds looks like this:


Context:
Salvador Dali's "Portrait de Paul Eluard" set a world record at Sotheby's auction house in London Thursday when it was sold for more than 13 million pounds (21.6 million dollars, 15.8 million euros).

An anonymous bidder paid 13.4 million pounds for the 1929 masterpiece, the most ever for a Surrealist work at auction, breaking a record set in London only last night for a Dali piece at auction.
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However, Dali's piece was not the most expensive lot of the night with another anonymous bidder paying 23 million pounds (37 million dollars, 27.2 million euros) for Francis Bacon's "Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud."

The fee tripled pre-auction expectations and the piece was eventually sold after more than 10 bidders fought it out for more than seven minutes.

"It is an artwork that radiates 'wall-power' with its brilliant colour and dramatic brushstrokes," Cheyenne Westphal, Sotheby?s Chairman of Contemporary Art Europe, said.

"It narrates one of the most impressive artistic relationships of the 20th Century between two titans of British art."
For further context, zero pounds looks like this:


Ricky Sprague's Roman Polanski portrait "Roman Prelude: Champagne and Quaalude". Still looking for a buyer.

1 comment:

Tundranaut said...

I'll buy that Polanski painting some day and hang it in the pink-hued veranda of my dream house.