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Andy Warhol work Sixteen Jackies just tops $20m at sale

A woman views Andy Warhol's Sixteen Jackies
Image caption Warhol's print was expected to sell for up to $30m (£18.3m)

Andy Warhol's Sixteen Jackies has just exceeded its $20m (£12.2m) target price tag at an auction of contemporary art at Sotheby's in New York.

The 1964 print of former US first lady Jackie Kennedy sold for $20.24m (£12.4m), while Jeff Koons' sculpture of a pink panther hugging a topless woman went for $16.8m (£10.3m).

Total sales reached $128m (£78m) just above the $121m (£73.8m) low estimate.

The auction house admits the estimates were "possibly aggressive".

"We did listen to the market, so works sold, if not always at levels originally anticipated," said Tobias Meyer, Sotheby's worldwide head of contemporary art.

The estimates do not include commission, which is more than 12%.

Other works which sold included Warhol's Shadow - Red which - at just under $5m (£3m) - sold for more than six times the pre-sale estimate.

Celebrated New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's Eroica I also fetched $5.9m (£3.6m).

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