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Roy Lichtenstein work sets new $43m sale record

A Christie's employee looks at Roy Lichtenstein's I Can See the Whole Room... and There"s Nobody in It!
Image caption The four-square-foot work is in graphite and oil

A painting by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has sold at auction in New York for $43 million (£27 million), setting a new record for his work.

I Can See the Whole Room! ... and There's Nobody in It!, painted by the late artist in 1961, shows a man's face peering through a peephole.

The comic strip-inspired work was part of a sale of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's auction house.

His previous record of $42 million (£26 million) was set in November last year.

That was for Lichtenstein's 1964 work Ohhh... Alright... which portrayed a woman talking into a telephone.

Tuesday night's auction also saw a record sale for Louise Bourgeois for her 1996 bronze spider, which fetched $10.7 million (£7 million).

Andy Warhol's Four Campbell's Soup Cans went for $9.8 million (£6.1 million).

A leading figure in the pop-art movement, Lichtenstein's work was influenced by popular advertising and comic books.

He died, aged 73, in 1997.

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