Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Dollar Sign 1981/82  screenprint ink on handkerchief mounted on board  35.5 by 25 cm. 14 by 9 3/4 in.  This work was executed in 1981/82.
Lot 32
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Dollar Sign
1981/82

screenprint ink on handkerchief mounted on board

35.5 by 25 cm.
14 by 9 3/4 in.

This work was executed in 1981/82.
Sold for £44,450 (US$ 69,708) inc. premium

Lot Details
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Dollar Sign
1981/82

screenprint ink on handkerchief mounted on board

35.5 by 25 cm.
14 by 9 3/4 in.

This work was executed in 1981/82.

Footnotes

  • This work is registered in the archives of the Andy Warhol Foundation under number AI44.999

    Exhibited
    Fecamp, Palais Benedictine, Andy Warhol Pop Star, 24 June to 24 September 2000

    Literature
    F. Feldman & J. Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints, Fourth Edition, New York 2003, IIIA.28, p. 239

    "I like money on the wall. Say you were going to buy a $200,000 painting. I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall. Then when someone visited you the first thing they would see is the money on the wall."

    The artist in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Penguin, 1975, pp.133-134

    The roll-call of iconic images created by Andy Warhol during his lifetime may seem virtually endless, but if one image perfectly encapsulates the artist's philosophy on both life and art then surely it is his screens of the dollar sign. Although Warhol may not have been the first artist to turn his career into a business empire, he was certainly the first to make a virtue of it. For as well as dedicating himself to creating art, Warhol made his own life and lifestyle, including his accumulation of a vast fortune through his artistic ventures, very much a part of his oeuvre.
    Warhol himself declared "I have a fantasy about money: I'm walking down the street and I hear somebody say – in a whisper – 'There goes the richest person in the word' (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975, p.135). If it was a fantasy which he perhaps didn't quite achieve, Warhol certainly dedicated much of his life to his attempt.
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