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Andy Warhol's Cars Head To Bidding Block With $16 Million Price Tag

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Vsitors pass by Andy Warhol's Mercedes-Benz W196 R Streamline Grand Prix Car (1954), at Vienna's Albertina museum, Austria, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Under the title "Cars" the Albertina museum shows an exhibition from the artists Andy Warhol, Sylvie Fleury, Robert Longo and Vincent Szarek. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) | AP

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Warhol's Mercedes-Benz silkscreen is coming to a New York City auction, where it's expected to fetch up to $16 million.

Christie's says "Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car (Streamlined Version, 1954)" is being offered by the Daimler art collection on Nov. 12.

The collection was established 30 years ago by Daimler-Benz, a German manufacturer of luxury cars.

The 14-foot-high work shows the automobile repeated 12 times on the canvas. It was created in 1986 for the centennial of the modern automobile.

The model was the Mercedes-Benz Formula One entry in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One seasons.

The auction house says the sale proceeds will be used to secure the Daimler art collection's long-term future.

Warhol's cars series was one of his last works before his death in 1987.

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