By David Ng
11:42 AM PST, November 15, 2012
An Andy Warhol silkscreen depiction of the Statue of Liberty created in 1962 has sold for $43.8 million at a Christie's sale in New York. The sale was part of a larger Christie's contemporary art auction Wednesday that brought in a hefty $412.3 million.
"Statue of Liberty" features multiple tiled images of the famous statue, with each image sporting a 3-D effect. (The auction house marketed the catalogue with a pair of 3-D glasses, according to reports.) Christie's said the painting was sold from a private collection but did not reveal the owner.
The sale price doesn't break any records for Warhol. The pop artist's "Eight Elvises" sold for a reported $100 million in 2009. Another Warhol silkscreen -- a depiction of Marlon Brando from "The Wild One" -- was sold for $23.7 million.
Earlier this week, the Warhol Foundation reportedly earned more than $17 million by selling off many of the artist's works, including Warhol's depiction of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a self-portrait. The proceeds from the auction will go to the foundation.
Wednesday's contemporary art sale was seen as a positive sign for the market. The $412.3 million in sales is a record for a contemporary art auction.
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