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Warhol's selfie sells in London for $A10m

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A visitor takes a selfie with 'Self-Portrait' by Andy Warhol (estimate price £5 million - £7 million) one of the artworks on sale at the Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale on June 28th in London. Picture date: Friday, June 23, 2017. Photo credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Andy Warhol's "first selfie", the painting which catapulted the pop artist to worldwide fame, has been sold at auction for more than $A10 million.

The work appeared at auction at Sotheby's in London, 30 years after the artist's death in New York in 1987.

The image was created using a strip of photographs taken in a New York dime store photo-booth.

Warhol created his first self-portrait in 1963, when he was 35 - and best known for his images of stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Liz Taylor, as well as Campbell's soup cans.

James Sevier, senior specialist in contemporary art, said: "In the age of Instagram, Warhol's fabled prediction that 'in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes' has never felt more prophetic, and the artist's first self-portraits - created using a strip of photographs taken in a New York dime store photo-booth - have never felt more relevant to contemporary culture.

"This is a work of immense art historical importance that marks the watershed moment when Warhol joined the canon of the greatest self-portraitists."

© PAA 2017

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