April 27 2011

Image of Puntastic

Picture: Christie's

Sub-editors reached for the puns when Christie's announced that a Francis Bacon triptych self-portrait would be one of the highlights of their 11th May contemporary art sale in New York. Here's two of my favourites:

'Triptych set to bring home the Bacon' - ABC

'Demand for Bacon Sizzles' - The Irish Independent

In the catalogue, the picture is marked 'estimate on request', which is auction-speak for 'if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it'. The picture has been guaranteed to sell by Christie's, with a figure of $20m being mentioned.

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