Lichtenstein's Comic Book Nurse Fetches Record $95.4 Million

  • Painting from 1964 is part of `Artist's Muse' Christie's sale
  • `Nurse' last sold at auction in 1995 for $1.7 million

Lichtenstein's 'Nurse.' Photographer: Katya Kazakina/Bloomberg

Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book-style painting of a nurse fetched $95.4 million at Christie’s on Monday, an auction record for the Pop artist.

The 1964 square canvas, measuring 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide, was estimated at more than $80 million. “Nurse” was part of Christie’s special auction, “The Artist’s Muse,” of paintings and sculptures that were created from the 1860s through the 2000s. The auction in New York continues.

The painting depicts a woman with an alarmed look on her face who is dressed in a nurse’s uniform. The painting last appeared at auction in 1995 when it fetched $1.7 million at Sotheby’s.

Lichtenstein’s previous auction record of $56.1 million was achieved in May 2013 when billionaire jeweler Laurence Graff bought “Woman with Flowered Hat” at Christie’s in New York.

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