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Auction Sets Record For Contemporary Art Sale


Artwork doesn't need to feature color to be worth a lot of the green stuff. Maybe that's the lesson from a record-breaking auction at Christie's in New York last night, which we previewed on this program yesterday.


This event had been hyped for months, and it attracted some of the world's richest collectors. The highlights turned out to be two rare black-and-white portraits by Andy Warhol.

MONTAGNE: Both feature American cultural icons. "Four Marlons," taken from a still of the actor Marlon Brando's movie "The Wild One," was snagged for nearly $70 million. And "Triple Elvis," which portrays the King in three overlapping images, sold for nearly 82 million.

GREENE: When all was said and done, there was a new record set for all art auctions. Seventy-five pieces sold for a record-setting total of nearly 853 million bucks. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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