Roy Lichtenstein: Thunderbolt, 1966

Roy Lichtenstein, Thunderbolt, felt banner, 1966.

Roy Lichtenstein’s New York Studio

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Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and more have painted BMWs for the Art Car Project: 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Calder Batmobile

Calder Batmobile

Basem Wasef  writes:  Gearheads talk a lot about fast race cars, and perhaps equally as much about four-wheeled beauties. The rare instance when beauty and brawn coexist within the same body is like lightning striking twice, and in the case of the famous Alexander Calder BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile,” a great reason to consider a pilgrimage to the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

BMW’s so-called Art Cars debuted to the public at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre museum in 1975, and have attracted artistic icons like Roy Lichtenstein (1977 320i), Andy Warhol (1979 M1), David Hockney (850 CSi), and Jeff Koons (M3 GT2). The Calder car kicked off the three and a half decade-strong tradition of collaboration, and qualified first in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in ’75 with drivers Sam Posey and Jean Guichet at the helm, until it was knocked out of the race with a broken driveline component.

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Francis Bacon Painting Sells For Record $142 Million At Christie’s Auction

A member of Christie’s staff walks towards Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucien Freud” on Oct. 14, 2013 in London, England. (credit: Getty Images)

A member of Christie’s staff walks towards Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucien Freud” on Oct. 14, 2013 in London. (credit: Getty Images)

Bidder Not Revealed

CBS NewYork/AP There’s a new record-setting piece of art. A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

“Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was purchased for $142.4 million at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The triptych depicts Bacon’s artist friend.

The work sold after “six minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone,” Christie’s said in a statement. The price includes the buyer’s premium. Christie’s did not say who bought the painting.

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