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In pictures: Art's record-breakers

Andy Warhol's Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)

Andy Warhol's Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) has sold for $71.7m (36.3m) in a New York auction, setting a record for one of his paintings.

Andy Warhol's Mao

The highest price paid for a Warhol before now was $17.4m (8.8m) for this 1972 portrait of Chairman Mao.

Mark Rothco's White Center

The most expensive piece of post-war art sold at auction is Mark Rothko's White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose). The abstract painting raised $72.8m (36.8m).

Francis Bacon's Study from Innocent X

Francis Bacon's portrait Study from Innocent X was sold at the same auction as the Rothko piece for $52.6m (26.5m).

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled

This untitled work from US contemporary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat also fetched $14.6m (7.4m), almost three times the artist's previous record.

Damien Hirst's Four Elements

Among the current crop of British artists, Damien Hirst is among the most collectable. His Four Elements (pictured) sold for 151,200 in 2004.

Banksy's Space Girl and Bird

Guerilla artist Banksy is also beginning to make waves in the auction world. This painting, commissioned by Blur for their Think Tank album, sold for 288,000 in April.

Jackson Pollock's No 5. 1948

But Jackson Pollock is the most lucrative post-war artist. Last year, the New York Times said his No 5, 1948, had exchanged hands for approximately $140m (73m) in a private sale.

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