I know that many people are wondering exactly who purchased that Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud at a recent Christie’s auction, for a record $142,405,000. I’ll confess: it was me. But since the painting is actually a triptych, it’s a three-paintings-for-the-price-of-one bargain. I’m no fool. I still haven’t decided where I’m going to hang the paintings, so at the moment there’s one leaning against the wall in my foyer, another balanced atop a pile of books in my bedroom, and the third one’s still in the trunk of my car. All of the paintings have a sunny yellow backdrop, so I’m also thinking, wouldn’t they be cheerful summer place throw pillows. I also purchased the Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Orange) for $58,405,000, but only because I needed a hostess gift.
November 15, 2013