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    The Andy Warhol self-portrait from 1963-64. (click on image to enlarge).

    FOUR photo booth images of Andy Warhol in blue

    The re-discovered Rothko from a private collection. (click on image to enlarge)

    made a record $38.4 million over a high estimate of $30 million at Christie’s post-war and contemporary sale in New York on May 11.

    The sale total of  $301,683,000 was the biggest tally for a New York evening contemporary sale since May 2008.  No less than 62 of the 65 lots on offer found buyers.  There were records for Cy Twombly and Richard Diebenkorn while a Cindy Sherman at $3.9 million fetched the highest price ever for a photograph at auction.

    The photo-booth style Warhol Self-Portrait, 1963-64 was the top lot and a new record for a Warhol self portrait.  At the same sale Warhol’s 1986 self portrait – the one with spiky hair – made  $27,522,500.
    A re-discovered Mark Rothko work, Untitled No. 17, signed and dated 1961, made $33,682,500.

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