Top Ten Andy Warhol  Paintings


Green Car Crash, 1963 - Sold for $71,700,000


Sold for $71,700,000 on May 16, 2007 by Christie's

Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) is one of the representative paintings of the Pop Culture. It is a part of the Death and Disaster series painted by Andy Warhol in 1963. The painting is attributed to Warhol himself, but it is assumed that his assistant Gerard Malanga had a huge contribution to this creation. Green Car Crash is one of the highly valued paintings of this collection. Green Car Crash was finished in 1963. It was inspired by some photographs taken by John Whitehead and published in the Newsweek magazine. The car was pursued by the Seattle police. The driver lost control of the wheel at 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), crashing into a utility pole. Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) is the only Warhol "Burning Car" painting of five (all based on Whitehead's photograph) to utilize a color other than black and white.

Green Car Crash was privately owned for more than 30 years, and when it was put up for sale in 2007, it generated a huge amount of interest. By that time, it set a new record for an Andy Warhol creation, being sold for $71.7 million. It was a huge sum compared with the pre-auction estimation of only $25 million.

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