A private European collector walked off with Andy Warhol's very first self-portrait after a 16-minute bidding war at Christie's Wednesday night. The 1963-64 work sold for $38.44 million after two competing bidders kept raising their price in increments of $100,000, causing Christie’s auctioneer to call it the “longest lot in history," reports Forbes.
The eight Warhols on sale at the auction took in a total of $91 million. Self-Portrait, sold by the family of Detroit collector Florence Barron, who commissioned the work for $1,600, broke the record for a Warhol portrait. "I really believe my mother-in-law would have been ecstatic," Nora Barron told Reuters after the sale. "She loved the picture, she loved Andy and I truly believe she would have loved tonight." (Read more Andy Warhol stories.)