Eric Clapton’s Painting Breaks Record With $34.2 Million Sale

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October 13, 2012 | 9:31am EST

Rock legend Eric Clapton’s bank balance was given a huge boost on Friday when his painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for a record-breaking $34.2 million .
The musician put the abstract work, called Abstraktes Bild (809-4), under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house in London, and the sale was expected to attract a maximum bid of $19 million .
But it exceeded experts’ estimations and was snapped up by an anonymous buyer just five minutes into the auction, prompting a round of applause.
The huge amount breaks the previous record for a price paid at auction for the work of a living artist, which was set in 2010 following the sale of Jasper Johns’ Flag for $28.6 million .
Clapton has made a huge profit from the sale – he bought the piece as a set of four in 2001 for $3.4 million .