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Brett Whiteley painting breaks auction record, selling for $6 million

Brett Whiteley painting breaks auction record, selling for $6 million
A Brett Whiteley painting has set an Australian record, selling at auction for $6 million.
Bidding for Henri's Armchair, a piece from Mr Whiteley's Lavender Bay series, started at $4.5 million at Menzies Art Auctions in Sydney's Kensington this evening.
The auction was over in a matter of minutes with three phone bidders and one absentee bidder moving at increments of $100,000, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The painting went under the hammer for $5 million and with an auction house premium rounding the total price to $6.136 million, this sets a record for the Australian art market and for a Whiteley painting.
The previous record was held by Sidney Nolan's painting of famed Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, which sold for $5.4 million and held the national record for 10 years.