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Andy Warhol's selfie painting for auction

Press Association logoPress Association 14/06/2017 By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Andy Warhol's "first selfie", the painting which catapulted the pop artist to worldwide fame, is going under the hammer.

Warhol created his first self-portrait in 1963, when he was 35 - and best known for his images of stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Liz Taylor, as well as Campbell's soup cans.

The image, created using a strip of photographs taken in a New York dime store photo-booth, is expected to fetch AGBP7 million ($A11.8m) at Sotheby's in London on June 28.

Emma Baker, contemporary art specialist at the auction house, told the Press Association: "It is the moment when Warhol the icon was born.

"Everybody is looking to create their own brand now. The selfie is so ubiquitous and it's all about self -image.

"But Warhol really was at the forefront of this whole phenomenon, which has only just caught up to his prophetic way of thinking."

The work will appear at auction, in London, 30 years after the artist's death in New York in 1987.

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