A gruesome painting by Andy Warhol has sold for 105-point-four-million dollars. The painting, "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)," sold at Sotheby's in New York City on Wednesday. It went for the highest price ever paid for a Warhol work and it's the second-most expensive piece of art ever auctioned.
Only Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," which sold for 142-point-two-million dollars earlier this week, brought more than the Warhol piece. The pop artist painted the eight-by-13-foot painting, which shows a twisted body in the wreckage of a car crash, in 1963:
Here is Sotheby's description of Warhol's painting:
"Andy Warhol's magnificent Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) is a major highlight of the Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 13 November 2013 in New York. Watch Sir John Richardson and Sotheby's Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art Tobias Meyer discuss the importance of ritual and religion in this and other works by the artist:"