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Warhol painting fetches record $105M at NYC auction

This file photo provided by Sotheby's shows "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" by Andy Warhol.

This file photo provided by Sotheby's shows "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" by Andy Warhol.  (AP)

An Andy Warhol painting sold at a New York City auction has set a sales record for works by the famed pop artist.

Sotheby's said Wednesday that Warhol's "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" sold for $105 million, including the buyer's premium. It had been expected to fetch as much as $80 million.

The buyer wasn't immediately identified.

The 8- by 13-foot painting captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash and depicts a twisted body sprawled across a car's mangled interior. The 1963 work has only been seen in public once in the past 26 years.

The previous Warhol auction record was $71.7 million, set in 2007.

The sale comes a day after the record was broken for art sold at auction, a Francis Bacon triptych that went for $142.4 million.