Francis Bacon’s painting fetches record $142mn
New York : An iconic 1969 painting by artist Francis Bacon has fetched a whopping $142 million, setting a world record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at an auction. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”, which hit the auction block for the first time, sold for $142,405,000 at Christie’s in New York. The price is much higher than the $119.9 million fetched by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record at Sotheby’s New York last year. The amount also surpassed the highest price ever paid for a Bacon painting – held by a triptych which sold for $86 million in 2008. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” is an extremely rare triptych which depicts Bacon’s friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud sitting on a chair.
Charles ready for pension, still in line for job
London : Prince Charles is readying the paperwork to claim his pension when he turns 65 today, but he still hasn’t started the job he was born to do. He is the longest-waiting heir to the throne in Britain’s history, having moved into that role since 1952, when he was 3 years old. Palace officials said the future king will contribute the government pension to a charity that helps elderly people. He is entitled to about $175 per week because of his service in the Royal Navy and because of voluntary contributions he has made.