Francis Bacon, that is. In this week's New York magazine, Marion Maneker, art world expert and author of the brilliant men's style book Dressing in the Dark, reveals how the Irishman who "painted meat and blurry popes" came to command $70 million per painting at auction these days. Before 2005, he hadn't crossed the $10 million mark.
Essentially, a bunch of billionaires bid up his work - buyout king Henry Kravis bought one for $35 million last year, and other bigwigs recently paid $53 million for one of those blurry popes and $43 million for a self-portrait (similar to the triptych above, which could fetch $35 million at Christie's next week). Maneker points out however it's also due to the fact that Bacon, who died in 1992, was literally "one of the last great oil painters." His entire estate was only worth £11 million when he succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 82 - less than one little picture would bring now.
Gallery: The Twisted Genius of Bacon