Warhol’s ‘Double Elvis’ Auctioned For $37M; Others Also Fetch Millions
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Andy Warhol’s “Double Elvis” sold Wednesday for $37 million and works by Roy Lichtenstein and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei broke their own records at Sotheby’s contemporary art sale.
Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl,” depicting a woman with closed eyes and flowing blond hair, fetched $44,882,500; Weiwei’s 1-ton, handmade porcelain “Sunflower Seeds” brought $782,500.
Another major work on the auction block Wednesday — Francis Bacon’s “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror” — sold for $44,882,500. The buyers’ names for each of the four pieces were not released.
The sale came on the heels of art auction history. Last week, the auction house sold Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” for $119.9 million, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.
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