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Andy Warhol painting sells for USD 35m

10th November 2010

A black and white canvas of a soft drink bottle painted by Andy Warhol has sold for USD 35.36 million (GBP 22.11 million) at auction, it has been revealed.

Last night (November 9th), the pop artist's Coca-Cola [4] Large Coca-Cola went under the hammer in New York as part of the Contemporary Art Evening held by Sotheby's.

The piece, which is one of four paintings of Coca-Cola bottles made by Warhol during 1961 and 1962, had been estimated to sell for USD 25 million.

'Coca-Cola [4] Large Coca-Cola is a superb example of the artist's homage to advertising, highlighting the relationship between big business and the public through an enlarged icon of consumerism,' Sotheby's commented.

The auction saw 54 works of contemporary art go on offer and sales amounted to a total of USD 222.4 million, with Warhol's piece commanding the largest price.

Another Warhol, The Last Supper, was sold at the event for USD 6.8 million. The piece is the artist's reworking of Leonardo da Vinci's fresco and was one of his final works.
 

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