ARTS & CULTURE

Andy Warhol Coke Bottle Auction: Coca-Cola Bottle On Canvas Goes For Over $35 Million

11/10/2010 07:06 am 07:06:17 | Updated May 25, 2011

What do you get when you combine soda pop with pop art?

An eye-popping auction for $35.36 million.

Andy Warhol's "Coca-Cola (4) (Large Coca-Cola)" easily exceeded expectations at Sotheby's on Tuesday. BBC reports that the black-and-white canvas painting was expected to fetch a mere $25 million. That would buy plenty of sugar water, but no Warhol.

All together, sales of 54 contemporary and post-war paintings have pulled in $222.4 million in recent days. Tobias Meyer, Sotheby's worldwide head of contemporary art, told Reuters, "In this new market, it was a huge success." Meyer also served as auctioneer for the Warhol sale.

No word who popped for this painting, but it's sure to be a welcome addition to any collection. After all, things go better with Coke.

Enjoy.

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