Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)
Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) is a 1963 painting by the American artist Andy Warhol. In November 2013 it sold for $105m (£65.5m) at auction, setting a new highest price for a painting by Warhol.
Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) depicts a body twisted in the mangled interior of a silver car. It was painted by Andy Warhol at the age of 35. It is the last painting of the artist that was left in private hands. The painting is 8 by 13 foot in dimensions, and it was displayed only once in public during the last 26 years.
The art masterpiece was held by a European collector for 20 years. In November 2013, five bidders fought for the painting in an auction of contemporary art works organized by Sotheby’s, bringing the price to $105 million. The name of the winner was never disclosed to the public.
The final price was above the expectations of the organizers, because the painting was estimated at $60-80 million. The price broke the previous record paid for a Warhol painting, established in 2007 at a Christie's auction at $72 million for Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I).
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