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Jean-Michel Basquiat painting sets new auction record at $48.8 million

  • This image released by Christie's auction house on Friday April 12, 2013, shows a drip painting by Jackson Pollock.  The important drip painting by Pollock, "Number 19," realized a record $58.3 million at the Christie's auction Wednesday May 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Christie's)

    This image released by Christie's auction house on Friday April 12, 2013, shows a drip painting by Jackson Pollock. The important drip painting by Pollock, "Number 19," realized a record $58.3 million at the Christie's auction Wednesday May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Christie's) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This image released by Christie's auction house on Friday April 12, 2013, shows a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting titled "Dustheads" that could sell for as much as $35 million at a May 15 auction. Basquiat's painting has set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York. Christie's says "Dustheads" sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Christie's)

    This image released by Christie's auction house on Friday April 12, 2013, shows a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting titled "Dustheads" that could sell for as much as $35 million at a May 15 auction. Basquiat's painting has set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York. Christie's says "Dustheads" sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Christie's) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This image released by Christie's auction house on Friday April 12, 2013, shows a drip painting by Jackson Pollock.  The important drip painting by Pollock, "Number 19," realized a record $58.3 million at the Christie's auction Wednesday May 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Christie's)
  • This image released by Christie's auction house on Friday April 12, 2013, shows a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting titled "Dustheads" that could sell for as much as $35 million at a May 15 auction. Basquiat's painting has set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York. Christie's says "Dustheads" sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Christie's)

Christie’s says “Dustheads” sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday.

His “Untitled,” a painting of a black fisherman, held the previous record when it sold for $26.4 million last November.

Also breaking world auction prices for artists were works by Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock.

Lichtenstein’s “Woman With Flowered Hat” fetched $56 million. A classic example of pop art, the 1963 painting is based on Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar.

An important drip painting by Pollock, “Number 19,” realized a record $58.3 million.

Christie’s says Wednesday’s auction brought in $495 million, the highest total at any art auction.

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