Bull fighting was an aristocratic sport practiced by folks in Spain. Its origin dates back to 711 A.D, when the first-ever bull fight was scheduled to commemorate the crowning of King Alfonso VIII. But Francis Bacon, U.K. artist associated Bullfighting with constant efforts and a certain amount of authority.
It is this very approach that is clearly presented in his painting ready to fetch $35 million. The auction is scheduled for 14 November at Sotheby’s auction House in New York, ending Sotheby’s contemporary art chief’s long hunt for the artwork completed in 1969.
Known as “Study for Bullfight No.1, 2nd Version”, the painting is one of three images of toreadors grappling with bulls. The painting would be complementary by the Bacon’s 1969 self-portrait from the same collection, estimated at $15 million. Sotheby’s takes the honor in naming the seller as anonymous.
His recording selling artwork was one of his pope photograph “Study for Innocent X,” that fetched him $52.7 million from Sotheby’s auction. In London, the No.2 art market, Sotheby’s would be offering Bacon’s double portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne at an estimated cost of $4.1 million during October’s Frieze Art Fair.