Warhol selfies auctioned for $30.1M in New York

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 5:03 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of six Andy Warhol self-portraits from 1986 have sold for $30.1 million at auction in New York.

The identical silk-screen images of Warhol in his famous "fright wig" led the bidding Wednesday at Sotheby's contemporary art auction.

Warhol's "Big Electric Chair" fetched $20.4 million. The late 1960s work shows an execution chamber against panels of blue, green and pink.

Two other works from Warhol's "Death and Disaster" series sold Tuesday at Christie's for a combined $100 million.

German painter Gerhard Richter's "Blau" sold Wednesday for $28.7 million, about $9 million shy of his auction record.

Jeff Koons' 7-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of the spinach-loving cartoon character "Popeye" went for $28.2 million.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta" fetched $23.7 million.

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