Elaine Wynn, who was married to fellow ARTnews Top 200 collector Stephen A. Wynn until they divorced in 2010, never had a high-profile presence in the art world the way her ex-husband did. At least not until 2014. That was the year she paid $142.4 million for Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud, setting a new record for what was then the highest price ever paid for a work at auction. The Bacon will join the other pieces in her collection—including works by Édouard Manet and Joan Mitchell, and one by Lucian Freud himself—most of which represent her share of the Wynn collection that was divided when the couple divorced. None of these works approach the importance of the Bacon triptych, but clearly, Elaine Wynn, who is currently co-chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s board of trustees, is set on becoming a high-profile collector in her own right.
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