Qatar makes record purchase of $142m for Francis Bacon painting

According to The New York Post , Qatar was the success bidder behind the $142.4m sale of painting by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon last year, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold. The New York Post exclusively revealed Bacon’s painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was bought by New York’s Acquavella Gallery, with sources telling the newspaper the client was HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the sister of the Emir of Qatar and head of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA).

Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’