Rare Self-Portrait by Francis Bacon Sold in London

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"The Two Studies for Self-Portrait" is one of the three diptych self-portraits by Irish-born painter.

A self-portrait by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon fetched for 14.7 million pounds (over $22 million) at a Sotheby’s art auction in London.

"The Two Studies for Self-Portrait", painted in 1977, was estimated to sell for 13-18 million pounds. It is one of the three diptych self-portraits by Bacon.

Sotheby’s described the painting as "a profoundly intimate portrait, starkly evoking the artist’s inner turmoil".

Neither the seller nor the buyer was named by the auction house.

In 2013, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," a triptych portrait by Bacon of his friend and fellow artist, was sold at Christie’s for $142.4 million – the highest auction price ever for a work of art.

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