Andy Warhol’s First and Last Self-Portraits Fetch a Combined $66 Million at Christie’s

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NEW YORK, NY.- The market for important works by Andy Warhol, the reigning king of Pop, continued to reach new heights at Christie’s New York tonight, as bidders chased two iconic self-portraits by the artist, setting a new world auction record for a Warhol portrait in the process. The photo-booth style Self-Portrait, 1963-64 sold for $38,442,500 (£23,449,925/€26,909,750) after an epic 16 minute bidding battle between clients in the room and on the phone. After volleying bids back and forth for what was the longest Evening Sale bidding war in recent memory, Christie’s Brett Gorvy, International Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, scored the winning bid on behalf of a client on the phone, and the audience erupted in applause. The price with premium surpasses the previous record of $32.5 million set for a Warhol self-portrait last year. Painted in 1963-1964, Self-Portrait marks the first historic crafting of