A PAINTING by Roy Lichtenstein has sold at auction for $42.6m - a new record for the US 'pop artist. The cartoon-style painting, sold to an anonymous telephone bidder at Christies in New York, features a woman on the phone with a speech bubble containing the title. The sale of contemporary and post-war works fetched $272.8m in all. Yet an Andy Warhol piece expected to fetch up to $50m went for less than half that amount. Big Campbells Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) was sold for $23.9m at Wednesdays auction. On Tuesday, a Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle sold for $35.4m at rival New York auction house Sothebys. The Lichtenstein sale smashed a previous record for the artist set in 2005, when his work In the Car fetched $16.2m. In a statement, Christies said Ohhh...Alright... - painted in 1964 - characterises Lichtensteins captivation and inspiration with techniques of commercial printing and reproduction. Other highlights of the sale included Jeff Koons sculpture Balloon Flower (Blue), which sold for $16.8m. Records were also set by works from US sculptor Alexander Calder, Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Californian painter Mark Tansey. BBC