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Hirst's sheep tops artist record
Sheep in formaldehyde
Hirst used formadehyde in many of his pieces
Damien Hirst's iconic sheep in formaldehyde sculpture broke the auction record for the British artist at a sale in New York.

The piece, called Away From the Flock Divided, was bought for $3.4m (1.8m) by an American art dealer.

The top lot at the post-war and contemporary art sale was Andy Warhol's Small Torn Campbell Soup Can from 1962, which sold for $11.8m (6.3m).

The first day of the sale at Christie's raised more than $143m (76m).

Among other lots exceeding expectations was Warhol's S&H Green Stamps, which fetched $5.2m (2.7m) - four times its pre-sale estimate.

Other artists featured in the sale included David Hockney, Brice Marden and Donald Judd.

It was a good night for works by Willem do Kooning, with an untitled 1961 piece reaching $10.1 (5.4m), while Two Women (Study for Clamdigger) reached $5.7m (3m)

Pieces by Francis Bacon and David Smith failed to sell.

The second day of the sale on Wednesday includes a collection of important photographic prints from the archive of the bankrupt US brokerage firm Refco.

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