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Artist and pop icon Andy Warhol has arguably become more famous in death than in life. The main who coined the phrase, “in the future, everyone will get 15 minutes of fame,” has been maintaining for more than 4 decades of fame as his art continues to rise in prices.

Recently, a couple of pieces from Warhols catalog sold for more than $100 million dollars recently.

Two works from Andy Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series sold for a combined $100 million Tuesday and a Barnett Newman painting went for an artist record of $84.2 million in fierce New York auction bidding.

Warhol’s “Race Riot, 1964” — a provocative four-panel painting of unrest in Birmingham, Ala. — went for $62.9 million at Christie’s auction of postwar and contemporary works, far exceeding the estimate of $45 million.

The work was a direct response to an article Warhol saw in Life magazine that ran with an image by Associated Press photographer Charles Moore.

Warhol’s 1962 painting “White Marilyn,” completed shortly after Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe took her life, sold for $41 million, well above its estimate of $12 million to $18 million.

Newman’s “Black Fire I,” a 1961 canvas showing a thick column of black alongside smaller ribbons of white and black, surpassed his auction record set last year when “Onement VI” went for $43.8 million at Sotheby’s.

The New York artist died in 1970 at age 65.

Source: Indiana Gazette