"A 1976 triptych by Francis Bacon brought $86.3 million on Wednesday night at Sotheby’s, becoming the most expensive work of contemporary art ever sold at auction and a retort to doomsayers who had predicted that the art market would falter seriously this season because of broad economic anxieties." Continue reading this interesting story over at NY Times and check out an undated photo released by Sotheby’s shows the three panels of Francis Bacon’s "Triptych, 1976." below.