Lichtenstein For $43.2 Million

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"I Can See The Whole Room!...And There's Nobody In it!" the famous painting from 1961 by Roy Lichtenstein sold for $43.2 million Tuesday night at an auction in New York City.

This sale was only one of thirteen records set by Christie's International, a London based company, according to Bloomberg.

During the three hour event, Christie's reached $247.6 million in sales and sold 90 percent of the 91 lots at the show, according to the New York Times.

The painting came from the collection of Courtney Ross, the widow of the former Time Warner CEO Steven J. Ross, who had bought the painting in 1988 for $2.1 million, according to Bloomberg.

The previous record for a Lichtenstein painting was a painting sold last year for $42.6 million titled "Ohhh...Alright...." according to Bloomberg.

Pop art was the best selling all around, noted by the New York Times, because the famous "Four Campbell's Soup Cans" by Warhol from 1962 also sold for $9.8 million.

A buyer bought Warhol's "Silver Liz" from 1963 for $16.3 million, according to the New York Times.

Both sources quoted Eli Broad saying people would rather have art than paper money, but only the New York Times had talked to Broad further and noted the paintings he had bought. Broad told the New York times that he was happy with his purchases.

Both sources also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio was at the auction dressed in casual clothes.

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