The billionaire ex-wife of U.S. casino magnate Steve Wynn was the mystery buyer of the triptych by Francis Bacon that became the world's most expensive painting sold at auction last November, a newspaper reported.
Elaine Wynn—who divorced the Wynn Resorts Chairman in 2010—paid $142.4 million for "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" at Christie's in New York after a dramatic 10-minute sale, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources.
Representatives of Wynn and Christie's did not respond to requests for comment.
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The three-paneled work, painted in 1969 and which carried a pre-sale estimate of about $85 million, depicts the Dublin-born painter's friend and fellow artist on a chair.