Francis Bacon Masterpieces to Highlight Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale

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NEW YORK (REUTERS).- A Francis Bacon self-portrait triptych is expected to fetch more than $25 million when it hits the auction block next month, Christie’s said Monday. “Three Studies for Self-Portrait,” a 1974 work which depicts three distorted, guttural images of the British artist with eyes closed, against a dark background, are on display in London for the first time ever along with an untitled Bacon masterpiece known as “Crouching Nude on Rail” ahead of their sale in New York on May 11. The nude, executed in 1952 by the then-emerging artist whose works in recent years have commanded some staggering prices, was among several works discovered in the 1990s in a London storeroom where Bacon had left them in the 1950s. “The Bacon market is truly global and we have witnessed strong prices paid in recent months,” said Brett Gorvy, Christie’s deputy chairman and international head of post-war and contemporary art, who called B