Painted in 1978 the self portrait by the Irish born artist Francis Bacon has was sold at Sotheby's in London for just over €32 million.
This was the second highest price ever paid for a work by the Dublin-born artist. The painting was bought by a private collector by telephone.
Cheyenne Westphal of Sotheby's describes the use of different mediums in this painting.
At the time Bacon painted this he was coming out of a deep depression caused by the suicide of his lover George Dyer in 1971 on the eve of a major retrospective in Paris. It was work like this which made Francis Bacon one of the most influential painters of the late twentieth century.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 June 2007. The reporter is Brian O'Connell.