National briefs: Warhol work fetches $105M

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NEW YORK -- A prized 1963 Andy Warhol painting that captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash sold for $105 million Wednesday at a New York City auction, setting a record for the famed pop artist, Sotheby's said.

The 8- by 13-foot painting titled "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" depicts a twisted body sprawled across a car's mangled interior. It has only been seen once in public in the past 26 years. The buyer wasn't immediately identified.

The previous auction record for the Pittsburgh-native artist was set in 2007 when "Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)" sold for $71.7 million. An iconic Warhol called "Coca-Cola (3)" sold for $57.2 million Tuesday at Christie's auction house.

The high bidding came just a day after the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction went for $142.4 million to conclude six minutes of feverish bidding at Christie's. The hefty price tag for a 1967 Francis Bacon triptych called "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" shattered the previous world record -- nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch's "The Scream" at a 2012 Sotheby's sale.

Christie's said the winning bid went to Acquavella Galleries. It is believed that the New York City gallery was buying it for an unidentified client.

Condemned man's organs

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's governor delayed a condemned child killer's execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of accommodating the man's request to donate his organs.

Gov. John Kasich's decision came less than 24 hours before Ronald Phillips, 40, was scheduled to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. His lethal injection today was to be the first time a new two-drug combination was tried in the U.S. Phillips' execution was reset to July 2.

Bulger sentencing hearing

BOSTON -- A flood of emotion overwhelmed a federal courtroom Wednesday as the relatives of people who were killed by James "Whitey" Bulger told of their loves and their losses -- and their utter contempt for the defendant.

2 enter hazing pleas

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A former band member charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major pleaded no contest to manslaughter Wednesday and could become the first person to go to prison for his involvement in the beating.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton described Jessie Baskin, 22, as being "most-consistently identified as the most enthusiastic" band member participating in the hazing ritual that led to Robert Champion's death.

Also Wednesday, Harold Finley, 21, pleaded guilty to felony hazing, but did not receive any jail time.

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