Two Figures: the painting is being sold by Michael Peppiatt, a friend and confidant of the artist and a curator and biographer of his work

In 1975, Francis Bacon made a startling (and typically shocking) painting of himself and his lover George Dyer, who had taken his own life in 1971, ob(...)

Francis Bacon in his studio, circa 1960. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

In the Hugh Lane Gallery, on Parnell Square in Dublin, Michael Peppiatt is reading from his new memoir, Francis Bacon in Your Blood, which details (...)

Sotheby’s handout image of art handlers with Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) by Francis Bacon, one of two self-portraits by the artist that are to go on public display for the first time.  Photograph: Sotheby’s/PA Wire

Two Francis Bacon self-portraits are going on public display for the first time after they were rediscovered in a private collection.Experts knew of t(...)

Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer by Francis Bacon, sold in London for £26.7 million (€33.6m)

Monday, June 30th Sotheby’s, London. Contemporary Art auction. Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (triptych painting) by Francis Bacon, £26.7 (...)

A Francis Bacon small-format triptych of his lover George Dyer made what Sotheby’s called a “landmark” price of £26.7 million (€33.4 million) yesterday in a contemporary art sale that surpassed estimates and set records in London. Photograph: Reuters.

A Francis Bacon small-format triptych of his lover George Dyer made what Sotheby’s called a “landmark” price of £26.7 million (€33.4 million) yesterda(...)

Boléro Violet by  Henri Matisse which will be sold at Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and Surreal Art sale on February 5th with a top estimate of €10 million

A torrent of money was poured into the international art market last year and the spending looks set to continue in 2014. This week, Christie’s report(...)

Christie’s New York sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on Wednesday achieved $495 million (€386 million), the highest total in auction histo(...)