‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ by Picasso sold for €179.4 million

The extraordinary boom in the international art market continued this week with world-record auction prices established for painting and sculpture. On(...)

A security guard  watches over the Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), oil on canvas during an auction at Christie’s in New York, NY. The painting set a new record world auction record for any work of art selling for 160 million US dollar (142.9 million euro) plus auction fees of 12 percent, costing a total of 179.3 million US dollar. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA 1:19

A painting by Picasso sold for $179.4 million (€159.86 million) at Christie’s in New York last night creating a new world record price for any work(...)

The Ring (Engagement) by Roy Lichtenstein, dating from 1963

Combined estimates for the May series of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York are, astoundingly(...)

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(...)

Detail from ‘Benefits Supervisor Resting’ by Lucien Freud, which goes under the hammer at Christie’s, New York, in May

The nude is one of the most ubiquitous subjects in western art – and the most challenging and difficult to get right. The greatest examples were creat(...)

A 1950s painting by Picasso looks set to become the most expensive art work ever sold at auction – and knock Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon off t(...)

A self-portrait by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon has sold at a Sotheby’s art auction in London for almost €20 million.Two Studies for Self-Port(...)

‘Two Studies for Self-Portrait’, which dates from 1977, is described as “a profoundly intimate portrait, starkly evoking the artist’s inner turmoil”

A ‘double’ self-portrait by the Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon is expected to sell for €23 million – or more – at a Sotheby’s auction in London on T(...)

‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo’ (When Will You Marry?) is said to have been sold to a museum in Qatar for €265 million. Photograph: EPA

A painting by French artist Paul Gauguin has become the most expensive art work ever sold after it was bought for close to US$300 million (€265 milli(...)

Detail from ‘Seated Figure’ (Red Cardinal) by Francis Bacon has a top estimate of $60 million

In November last year, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, a triptych painting by Irish-born British artist Francis Bacon sold at Christie’s, New York for (...)