During the bidding for Francis Bacon’s Seated Woman, 1961 (middle & bottom photos) a female Phillips employee fainted in the phone bidding area. The painting went on to sell for $28.2 million. The woman appeared to be alright.
“If I was in hell I would always feel I had a chance of escaping. I’d always be sure that I’d be able to escape.” Francis Bacon, Interviews With Francis Bacon (Thames & Hudson, 1987)
Photographs: Stephen Wise