Cowboy picture breaks world record

November 10, 2005

The first ?photograph? to sell for more than $1m at auction is an image originally created from parts of Marlboro cigarette adverts torn from magazines.

The image ? by Richard Prince – sold for $1,248,000 (more than £700,000) at a Christie?s auction in New York last night.

Created in 1989 the work – called ?Untitled (Cowboy)? – is better known as a ?re-photograph? whereby the artist photographed parts of adverts from magazines while working in the press clippings department at Time Life magazine.

The artist began his career as a painter.

The auction ? held at the Rockefeller Center ? raised a total of $157,441,600 from sales of post-war and contemporary art.

Picture credit: Christie?s Images Ltd 2005

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