A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but an Andy Warhol painting of Elvis? The cost may leave you speechless. On Wednesday night, Christie's auctioned off one of Warhol's paintings of the famous singer Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) (below, left) for a whopping $82 million. The painting, which is based on a publicity photo taken of Presley for Flaming Star in 1960, was one of 80 works that were auctioned off during the house's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening in New York City, which brought in Christie's highest total ever: $852,887,000.
In addition to the Elvis painting, Warhol's Four Marlons, which features a photo of Marlon Brando on a motorcycle (above, right), sold for $69.6 million. Other artists whose work was auctioned included Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly, and Jeff Koons. "This is truly a moment in art history. Tonight’s result is a testimony to the depth of interest in art across the globe, and to the talent of the Christie’s team," says Steven Murphy, Christie's CEO. "This sale may have produced an eye catching number, but record museum attendance and record art sales at Christie’s on every continent in all areas and price levels proves that enjoying works of art has become a universal pursuit in our time."