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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008.
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Modern art sale Sotheby's personal best

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A sale of contemporary art by well-known artists like Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons set a record for Sotheby's auction gallery in New York.

Bacon painting fetches $16.5M at auction

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- "Study from the Human Body, Man Turning on the Light," a painting by renowned 20th-century artist Francis Bacon, has been sold in London for $16.5 million.

Shakespeare's works questioned in Britain

LONDON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- British actors Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance have renewed the debate on whether or not William Shakespeare was the true writer of his works.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, June 27, 2007.

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Rothko bid a record for contemporary art

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- A $72.8 million bid for a Mark Rothko painting, a record for the artist and any contemporary work at auction, paced a record session at Sotheby's in New York.

Record prices spur art auctions

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Prices for contemporary art were riding high at art auctions in London, as a portrait painted by Francis Bacon in the 1950s sold for $27.3 million.

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UPI almanac for Monday, Jan. 22, 2007.
By United Press International

Francis Bacon painting may fetch $23M

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Painter Francis Bacon's "Study for Portrait II" is expected to draw bids in the range of $23 million in an upcoming auction at Christie's in London.

Bacon's addict painting gets $15 million

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- An auction at Sotheby's in New York fetched a record $15 million for a work showing a woman who has just injected drugs painted by Irish artist Francis Bacon.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2006 with 123 to follow.
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The Scotland Portrait Gallery goes edgy

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is bringing in a very large collection of nude portraits next summer to rid itself of its old image.

Case against prison gang depends on codes

SANTA ANA, Calif., June 27 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors' case against members of a racist prison gang may depend on convincing jurors that street-wise convicts communicated with sophisticated codes.
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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount Saint Alban, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

Bacon has been called the father of empiricism. His works established and popularized inductive methodologies for scientific inquiry, often called the Baconian method, or simply the scientific method. His demand for a planned procedure of investigating all things natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, much of which still surrounds conceptions of proper methodology today. His dedication probably led to his death, bringing him into a rare historical group of scientists who were killed by their own experiments.

Bacon was knighted in 1603, and created both the Baron Verulam in 1618, and the Viscount St Alban in 1621; as he died without heirs both peerages became extinct upon his death. He famously died of pneumonia contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.

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