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 (...)

Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

There are far more fitness fanatics than fatties in corporate boardrooms. Yet the reason is not that extreme exercise causes extreme success, more that both are the result of the same personality defect

Last week I spent some time with an entrepreneur I know. When I last saw him he was training for an Ironman, that inexplicable race in which you swim (...)

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 (...)

Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards. Photograph: Christie’s Images Ltd

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $80.8 million (€58.9 million) in New York last night. The triptych painting Three Studies for (...)

‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ by Francis Bacon which sold for a world record $142.4m during Christie’s art sale in New York. Photograph: Christie’s Images via Getty Images

There is a certain logic to the fact that Francis Bacon’s 1969 painting Three Studies of Lucian Freud broke auction records when it sold for $142.4 mi(...)

The salesroom at Christie’s auction house is shown during the auction of Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ in New York. Photograph: Reuters/Christie’s Images

Mystery surrounds the identity of the new owner of the most valuable work of art sold at auction – a painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon. Chr(...)

Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” on display as it is auctioned at Christie’s in New York, November 12th, 2013. The painting sold for $142.4 million, described as the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times.

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $142.4 million (€105.3 million) at auction in New York last night – the most valuable work of (...)

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud which is poised to break the previous world auction record for the artist of $86 million achieved in 2008

Works by Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol are poised to break records this week at New York’s two big auction houses at sales that would boost an already(...)

A woman views Three Studies of Lucian Freud, by Francis Bacon, at Christie’s, in central London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon may sell for up to $100 million (€72 million) at auction in New York next month and become one of the m(...)