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Warhol’s ‘Car Crash’ Fetches Record $105 Million in NYC

Andy Warhol
"Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)," signed and dated '63 by Andy Warhol, sold for $105.4 million in New York at Sotheby's last night, an auction record for the artist. Source: Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG/2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society/Sotheby's via Bloomberg

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Andy Warhol’s auction record soared as the Pop Art icon’s silk-screen painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for $105.4 million at Sotheby’s in New York tonight.

The work was won by a phone client of Charles Moffett, vice chairman of Sotheby’s Americas, who vied with at least two other highly determined telephone bidders.

The 1963 canvas was estimated at more than $60 million. It came up early during the auction of contemporary art.

More than 8 feet tall and 13 feet wide, the work consists of two canvases. One features five rows of three images repeating a mangled car; the second is a blank silvery surface.

Warhol’s previous auction record was set in 2007 at Christie’s when a single-panel car-crash painting, “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)” sold for $71.7 million.

Another highlight of the auction is a group of seven paintings from the collection of hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen, whose SAC Capital Advisors LP pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to pay $1.8 billion to settle insider-trading charges.

The first work of the Cohen trove, an abstract painting by Brice Marden, fetched $10.9 million, setting a record for the American artist.

The group could tally as much as $85 million. Cohen has been guaranteed an undisclosed minimum price on six works, regardless of the outcome.

The 61-lot sale continues.

To contact the reporters on this story: Katya Kazakina in New York at kkazakina@bloomberg.net; Philip Boroff in New York at pboroff@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net

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