Sotheby’s $105 Million Warhol: ‘Silver Car Crash’ Smashes Record

NEW YORK CITY — “The night truly belonged to Andy Warhol,” commented Tobias Meyer, worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s and the evening’s auctioneer on November 13 as “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” by Andy Warhol, soared to become the top lot at $105,445,000 and a new world auction record for the artist.

“’Silver Car Crash’ is the most important work of contemporary art we have ever had the privilege to offer, and its exceptional result is a testament to that fact. With access to more information than ever, the sophistication of our clients from every corner of the globe impresses me with every sale.”

At more than 8 feet by 13 feet, Warhol’s monumental painting is one of only four “Car Crash” works of this scale in the pivotal “Death and Disaster” series and the only one remaining in private hands. It was one of several Warhols in the sale; other strong prices included “Liz #1 (Early Colored Liz)” that fetched $20,325,000, and “Flowers (Five Foot Flowers)” that sold for $11,365,000.

Overall, the sale totaled $380,642,000, with 89 percent sold by lot, and is the highest grossing sale in the firm’s history.

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