Andy Warhol’s masterpiece from the Death And Disaster series sells for £72m

Andy Warhol’s masterpiece White Disaster (19 White Car Crashes), has sold for £72 million, one of the highest prices ever achieved for an artist’s work at auction.

Rare work from the famous US artist’s Death and Catastrophe series collected nearly a third of all proceeds during a contemporary merchandising evening at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night.

The auction house said, taking place in New York, the total auction value was 265 million pounds.

The pop art giant, who is said to be associated with themes of death and dying, printed 19 images of a fatal car crash in black and white tones to match newspapers from which he inspired the creation of the White Car Crash (White Car Crash 19 Times).

Sotheby’s said the 1963 work is considered one of the most provocative and haunting artistic achievements of the 20th century and is “arguably the most important achievement of his career”.

The work, from a private collection that has been around for 25 years, is the first major painting in Warhol’s Death and Disaster series to be sold at auction since 2013 when the Silver Car Crash (Carpet) double painting) earned $105.4 million (£91 million) – a record for an artist at the time.

Prior to that, the only other work in the series to be auctioned in the last 15 years also set an artist auction record in 2007 when the Green Car Crash sold for 71.7. million USD (£62 million).

At 12 ft tall, it is the largest of Warhol’s single-panel Car Crash works.

Wednesday’s Sotheby’s auction also saw high prices for works from well-known collections, including the de Kooning Family Collection, the Geraldine and Harold Alden Collection, and the Mallin Collection. and the William S Paley Collection. Andy Warhol’s masterpiece from the Death And Disaster series sells for £72m

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