Nov 14, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Another sales record for a work by the late Andy Warhol.
Sotheby’s says Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for $105 million US – including the buyer’s premium.
The painting had been expected to bring as much as $80 million.
The 8- by 13-foot painting captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash and depicts a twisted body sprawled across a car’s mangled interior. The 1963 work has only been seen in public once in the past 26 years.
The previous Warhol auction record was $71.7 million, set back in 2007.
The Warhol sale comes a day after the record was broken for art sold at auction – when a Francis Bacon triptych went for $142.4 million.