Warhol portraits fetch £95m

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Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Two Andy Warhol portraits of superstars Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando have sold for more than 151 million dollars (£96 million) at an auction in New York.

Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) sold for 81.9 million dollars (£52 million) and Four Marlons brought in 69.6 million dollars (£44.1 million) at Christie’s sale of post-war and contemporary art.

The near 7ft-high pieces were acquired by German casino company WestSpiel in the 1970s.

Clamdigger, a life-size sculpture created in 1972 by Willem de Kooning, sold for 29.2 million dollars (£18.5 million), a world auction record for a sculpture by the artist. The bronze piece stood in the entry of the artist’s Long Island studio for about four decades.

Also getting attention was an oversized sculpture of a monkey by the artist Jeff Koons, which sold for 25.9 million dollars (£16.4 million).

Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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