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Five Artists in the News: Bomb Threat to the Mona Lisa, New Auction Record for Pauline Boty and a $50m Francis Bacon Heads to Auction

3 min read  ·  21 Mar 2024

Pauline Boty, Epitaph to Something's Gotta Give (1962). Copyright the artist's estate, courtesy of Christie's

Pauline Boty, Epitaph to Something's Gotta Give (1962). Copyright the artist's estate, courtesy of Christie's

The Mona Lisa was among the Old Masters targeted in a bomb threat received by the Louvre on Sunday, the Paris museum has confirmed. No item was found in a search after the threat was received via the museum's website, ARTNews reports.

Pauline Boty’s painting, Epitaph to Something's Gotta Give (1962), sold for $1.67m at Christie’s, London, setting a new auction record for the British Pop artist who died tragically young. The work, which was given by the artist to the husband of the seller, had not been traded before.

Francis Bacon’s portrait of his lover, George Dryer, heads to auction at Sotheby’s New York in May. The 1966 painting, which has been owned by the same family for five decades, has a $30m-$50m estimate, ARTnews reports.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s graffiti-covered former studio in New York, now Angelina Jolie’s high-end boutique, has been covered by bright pink paper mache, again. Street artists said they will not be deterred by the vandalism, the NY Post reports.

A complete set of Hokusai's Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji sold for a record $3.56m, 18% above the low estimate at Christie's, New York. Each of the complete set of 46 prints is signed.