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Casino magnate's ex said to be buyer of $142.4 mn artwork

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New York, Jan 16 (EFE).- Elaine Pascal Wynn, former wife of casino magnate Steve Wynn, was the person who paid a record $142.4 million in November for a triptych by Francis Bacon, the Wall Street Journal said Thursday.

The identity of the buyer of "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" has remained secret.

A week after the Nov. 12 auction at Christie's, the New York Post reported that the work was bought by Mayasa bin Hamad al Thani, sister of the emir of Qatar, who has acquired many contemporary pieces for the Qatari National Museum.

Last month, however, the painting went on display at the Portland Art Museum, where it is due to remain through March 30.

The Journal suggested that Elaine Wynn may plan to donate the "Three Studies" to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she is a trustee.

A spokeswoman for the former Mrs. Wynn declined to comment on the report.

Elaine Wynn, 71, remains on the board of Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Forbes magazine estimates she has a personal fortune of $1.9 billion.

Christie's had expected the Freud triptych to fetch upwards of $85 million, but the final price set a record for an artwork sold at auction.

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