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An oil painting by Gerhard Richter has sold for PS21million - an auction record for a living artist.

Abstraktes Bild, which was owned by rock star Eric Clapton, has been described as a "masterpiece of calculated chaos".

The artwork, expected to fetch PS9million to PS12million, was sold to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby's in London on Friday.

German Richter, 80, who lives in Cologne, is considered by some to be the world's greatest living painter.

Sotheby's called Abstraktes Bild a "paradigm of Gerhard Richter's mature artistic and philosophical achievement".

Before the sale, Alex Branczik, senior director of contemporary art at Sotheby's, said of the painting: "Abstraktes Bild is one of the great abstract masterpieces by Gerhard Richter.

"Its appearance on the market presents collectors with the unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding work by one of the greatest living painters."

A sister painting of the artwork is currently jointly owned by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 14, 2012
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