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Bacon artwork sells for $142 million, sets record

New York

Bacon artwork sells for $142M, sets record

A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Three Studies of Lucian Freud was purchased for $142,405,000 at Christie's postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The triptych depicts Bacon's artist friend. The work sold after "6 minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone," Christie's said in a statement. Christie's did not say who bought the painting. The price surpassed the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch's The Scream, which set a world record when it was sold at Sotheby's in a 2012 sale.

Honolulu

Gay marriage nears legalization

The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday legalizing gay marriage, putting Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the bill and has vocally supported gay marriage, said in a statement that he will sign the measure. It will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii and even more tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. 2.

Cairo

Egypt holds off on ending curfew

A court declared that Egypt's 3-month-old state of emergency expired Tuesday, two days earlier than expected, but the military and security officials held off from implementing the ruling and lifting a nighttime curfew, amid worries that the measures' end will fuel protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Washington

Iran talks face skeptical Congress

Secretary of State John Kerry will meet behind closed doors this afternoon with members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to try to head off a new round of stiff sanctions on Iran that administration officials fear could derail the talks in Geneva to freeze Iran's nuclear plans.

Elsewhere

Washington: Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, has been sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

London: A private investigator convicted of phone hacking had Kate Middleton's name on a list of potential targets, British prosecutors said Tuesday.

Washington: The State Department says two American mariners kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria have been released. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that privacy concerns prevented her from disclosing any details about how the Americans were freed.

Kenya: Al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group that carried out the assault on Nairobi's Westgate Mall that killed at least 67 people, says the attackers were part of the group's suicide squad.

Times wires

Bacon artwork sells for $142 million, sets record 11/12/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:29pm]
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