A self-portrait of Andy Warhol done a year before the pop artist’s death was yesterday auctioned by Sotheby’s for more than $30m.
'Six Self Portraits' was done in 1986 and features six images of Warhol. Having been valued at between $25 and $35m, in the end it went for $30.1m.
The sale was part of an auction of post-war and contemporary art.
The Warhol work 'Race Riot' was auctioned by Christie’s for $62.89 million on Tuesday, while his 'White Marilyn' work went for $41.1m.
Another of his pieces, entitled 'Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)', was auctioned in November for more than $105m.
Another big item to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s was the sculpture 'Popeye' by Jeff Koons. It sold for $28.2m, exceeding its estimated value of $25m.
The spring auctions of post-war and contemporary art by Christie's and Sotheby's were dominated this year by American Barnett Newman.
His 'Black Fire I' was acquired on Tuesday for more than $84m, a record for the artist.
Francis Bacon holds the world record for the most expensive item ever sold at auction. His triptych 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' sold for $142.4m in New York.
Spring art auctions opened last week in New York with Impressionist and Modern works. They will conclude at the end of the month.