Andy Warhol's portrait of Elvis Presley sold for $81.9 million (£51.2 million) at an art auction on Wednesday (12Nov14) night.

The Triple Elvis (Ferus Type), created with ink and silver paint in 1963, portrays the rock icon as a cowboy.

The picture was on sale alongside Warhol's portrait of Hollywood legend Marlon Brando, which sold for $69.6 million (£4.4 million) at Christie's auction house in New York.

Christie's chief executive officer, Stephen Murphy branded the auction "a moment in art history".