Phillips-Bacon1Phillips-BaconSeatedWoman2PhillipsAuctionNYCLife imitated art Thursday evening at the Phillips Contemporary Art Sale in NYC.

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