New York: A huge self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat brought $57.3 million at auction in New York on Tuesday, a record for the late American artist, Christie’s said.

His previous record came in May 2013, when his “Dustheads" sold for $48.8 million.

On Tuesday, an unnamed Asian collector bought the massive seven by 16 foot (two-and-a-half by five meter) untitled self-portrait from 1982, painted in Italy.

The young Haitian-American artist, who pictured himself in the work with a demonic image among popping colours, died of a drug overdose at age 27 in 1988.

Spring art auctions in New York began late on Sunday and last through Thursday.

The 1,500-odd pieces up for sale this week are expected to bring in more than a billion dollars.

Auguste Rodin’s “Eternal Springtime" marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million on Monday, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby’s in New York.

A statue of Hitler on his knees was auctioned on Sunday for $17.2 million, a record for a work by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.

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