Warhol painting fetches 71.7 million dollars at New York sale

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A painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol sold at auction for 71.7 million dollars in New York late Wednesday, easily beating the previous record for the artist's works.

The 1963 painting, "Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)," narrowly missed the record for the most expensive post-war work to sell at auction -- a record set Tuesday when a painting by Mark Rothko sold for 72.8 million dollars.

Warhol's work, a surreal and gruesome image of an overturned car on fire, with the body of the driver impaled on a nearby post, comes from his "Death and Disaster" series. It had a pre-sale estimate of 25 to 35 million dollars.

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