Warhol piece sells for $85 million at New York public sale

Andy Warhol’s iconic Sixties portray “White Catastrophe” bought for $85 million at public sale Wednesday night at Sotheby’s in New York. The 1963 piece of artwork was bought after two minutes and a quick duel between two bidders, for a complete of $74 million, or $85.4 million with all associated prices and costs.

The final time a chunk of artwork from Warhol’s “Loss of life and Catastrophe” collection was bought in 2013, it set a file for the artist at $105 million. In Could, Warhol’s 1964 portrait of Marilyn Monroe, “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” was auctioned for $195 million, turning into the most costly Twentieth-century work ever bought at public sale. “White Catastrophe [White Car Crash 19 Times],” as it’s formally recognized, is a piece of silkscreen ink and graphite, which depicts the identical black-and-white picture of a macabre automobile accident 19 instances on a canvas 12 ft (3.6 meters) tall.

“On the finish of 1962, Warhol paints Marilyn Monroe, starting his fascination with movie star imagery, nevertheless it was actually her demise on the finish of ’62 and the spectacle round her dying that captured Warhol’s fascination,” stated David Galperin, head of up to date artwork Americas at Sotheby’s. The piece of artwork bought Wednesday got here from a personal assortment and Sotheby’s gave no data on the client. – AFP

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