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£8.4m record for Doig work

A NEW price-record has been set for a painting by the Edinburgh-born artist Peter Doig after one of his works sold for more than £8.4 million.

Country-Rock (Wing-Mirror) is one of three paintings of a Toronto tunnel and enjoys "supreme status" among Doig lovers.

The 1999 painting sold at Sotheby's in London last night is one of three depicting a landmark rainbow tunnel in Toronto, Canada, which is a recurring feature of Doig's work.

The tunnel was repainted by an ­anonymous artist more than 40 times in 20 years. The painter finally identified himself as Berg Johnson, who said he first painted the tunnel aged 16 as a tribute to a friend who died in a nearby road crash.

Cheyenne Westphal, Co-Global Head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby's, said: "For lovers of Doig, this work enjoys a supreme status.

"We were thrilled to see it set a new benchmark price for the artist … affirming yet again the market's huge appreciation for his work."

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