Damien Hirst sets auction records for sales of his own work, but he has also been setting auction records for the work of other artists. At a Sothebys auction last week Hirst was an anonymous phone bidder on a small Francis Bacon self portrait. The final price for the 1969 painting was $33 million or £15.9 million.
Francis Bacon would easily be one of my top 20 all time favorite artists, but I don’t think he hit the target with every painting. I think this Bacon self portrait is one that didn’t quite hit the mark and it doesn’t deserve to be a record setting (small) work by Bacon.
Damien Hirst Pays $33.1 Million for Francis Bacon Self-Portrait
“Hirst, 42, has a fortune valued at 130 million pounds ($269 million) by the Sunday Times. He sold 130 million pounds of his trademark pickled animals at London’s White Cube galleries earlier this year, and joined a group that invested in his diamond skull, leaving little new work on the market. His art collection runs from U.S. pop artist Jeff Koons to U.K. graffiti artists.” Bloomberg