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A masterpiece by Francis Bacon... Portrait of Man with Glasses IV.

A masterpiece by Francis Bacon... Portrait of Man with Glasses IV.  

Three important paintings by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon have been sold for almost �2m at an auction called Post-War Art in London. Man In Blue VII, Head, and Portrait of Man with Glasses IV went under the hammer for a total of 1,914,250. The Bacon paintings are regarded by critics as great examples of his most existential and angst-ridden work. Bacon's 1954 work, Man In Blue VII, was sold for �707,750. The piece is the culmination of a series of pictures Bacon painted while staying in the Imperial Hotel at Henley-on-Thames. Head, painted in 1962, depicts the head of a surgeon with a lamp strapped to it. It was bought for �311,750. Portrait of Man with Glasses IV, from 1963, was sold for �894,750, twice the expected price. It depicts a man whose distorted face looks as if it has been very badly beaten.

Compiled by SUBAJAYANTHI WILSON

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