Andy Warhol's 'After the Party' (1979), a screen-print, signed, dated and inscribed "To Eric" in pencil, is up for auction at the November 19 Prints Sale in London's New Bond Street. It is estimated at a value of £6,000-8,000. In total, Warhol's works are expected to top £50,000.
The November Sale will showcase a section dedicated to Warhol and the Pop Legacy. It will feature artworks of such Pop generation greats as Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, and David Hockney.
In the words of Warhol himself, "one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party": Luckily for Bonhams and its bidders, a total of three of his works will be on offer at the upcoming sale. Warhol's 'Love Triptych' (1893), a complete set of three color screen-prints depicting lovers entangled in (more than) a kiss, will be a highlight. Each 66x50cm print is signed and numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil and has the artist's copyright stamp on the reverse. The triptych is estimated to fetch between £22,000 and £30,000. Warhol's 'Flowers' (1964), an offset color lithograph, signed and dated in ink, is expected to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000.
Rupert Worrall, Head of Bonhams Prints Department, comments: "Warhol's chosen imagery and technique was utterly contemporary and ephemeral. Yet the Warholian aesthetic is still relevant today. The Marilyns, Soup Cans, and Electric Chairs are images of astonishing power and durability and their beauty lies in their instant accessibility. Recent auction results demonstrate that demand for Warhol prints continues unabated, and in some cases, prices are beginning to revisit levels not seen since the boom of 2006-2007".
For Warhol, the party might have been over, but here at Bonhams, the Pop Legacy lives on.
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