Eric Clapton's painting breaks record with £23.8 million sale
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 £23.8 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 £11.88 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 £17.8 million.
Clapton has made a huge profit from the sale - he bought the piece as a set of four in 2001 for £2.13 million.