Monarch and Ambassadeurs Lead Prints and Multiples in London
Strong selection of Modern, Contemporary and British prints also on offer

London – The pop art of Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) capitalised on an obsession with famous faces, and there is none more famous than that of Queen Elizabeth II. Yet with her profile on every stamp, coin and banknote, and with the great and the good of 20th-century art clamouring for that coveted commission, it is hard to imagine what an original take could look like. Warhol, however, delivers with his transformation of a photograph by Peter Grugeon. The unique version of Queen Elizabeth II will be offered at Bonhams' Prints and Multiples sale on 29 June at New Bond Street, London, with an estimate of £20,000 - 30,000.

Laetitia Guillotin, Head of Sale, comments, "In the year of the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen's image is everywhere. Warhol recognised the royal effect, which transcended regular celebrity and could not resist utilising its power. We are delighted to be offering Queen Elizabeth II, a unique screenprint outside the standard edition. There are no other impressions in the same colour combination as this one."

Another signature Warhol print which also features in the sale is Mick Jagger, whose allure shimmers under the glossy Warhol treatment. Signed by both artist and muse, it has an estimate of £40,000 - 60,000.

Other highlights in the sale include:

• The raucous cabaret scene of late 19th-century Paris attracted artists like flies to honey. Yet it was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), one of the greatest colour lithographers of the 19th-century, whose style best embodied the drama of the belle époque. In recognition of his allegiance to the capital's underworld, his paintings decorated the walls of Moulin Rouge and Le Mirliton. When performer Aristide Bruant needed an eye-catching poster design for his new act at the Ambassadeurs café-concert, Lautrec was the only man for the task. His graphic approach – the result of exaggerated scale, distinct outline and saturated colour – is perfect for a larger-than-life character like Bruant, unmistakeable here in his customary cape, broad-brimmed hat and bright red scarf. The work has been in the same family since the 1940s and is even accompanied by a copy of Les Chansonniers de Montmartre, Bruant's song book. Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant has an estimate of £20,000 - 30,000.

• An impressive selection of 20th century continental prints, from artists such as Foujita, Picasso, Miro and Dalí, also feature. Natura morta con il panneggio a sinistra, one of the finest etched works by Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), has an estimate of £20,000 - 30,000.

Carmen by Charles Sorlier, after Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985), with dancers suspended in a bright red sky. It has an estimate of £25,000 - 35,000. There are several Chagall prints in the sale, including Vue de Notre-Dame (Mourlot 977) (estimate £18,000-25,000) and Mégaclès reconnait sa Fille pendant le Festin, from Daphnis et Chloé (Mourlot 347) (estimate £12,000-18,000).

• Lots 46-53 issue from the collection of art historian Ronald Hunt. Notable among these is the first and most coveted screenprint by Richard Hamilton (1922 - 2011), Adonis in Y fronts, and Rotoreliefs (Optical Discs) by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), which comes from the first edition of 1935 and is accompanied by a letter from Duchamp to his friend Ronald Hunt.

• With his pared-down figures, Keith Haring (1958 - 1990) said the quiet part out loud. He was rewarded for his outspokenness with huge popularity. Haring fuses direct messaging with overflowing energy, borrowing from the simple effectiveness of graffiti. Two of his works contribute to a strong group of Post-war American prints in the sale. One Plate from Growing, a unique trial proof, has an estimate of £40,000 - 60,000. It depicts three people cojoined, a tower of swaying movement. Free South Africa, the complete set of three, symbolises the injustice of apartheid in South Africa, has an estimate of £50,000 - 70,000.

• Major British artists are well-represented: David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, Bridget Riley, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. Works by Tracey Emin (born 1963) and Damien Hirst (born 1965) are also present, two of the stratospherically successful Young British Artists who redefined contemporary art in the 90s by shaking up the establishment. Emin's These Feelings Were True, a set of eight lithographs signals a new phase in her development, self-portraits recording the psychological journey of her diagnosis with serious illness. The freedom in her artistic practice begets emotional truth. It has an estimate of £35,000 - 45,000. Hirst's The Elements (complete set of four), Earth, Wind, Fire and Air done in butterfly wings, has an estimate of £40,000 - 60,000. Leading a strong selection of Banksy prints are his famous screenprint Girl with Balloon (unsigned), estimate £80,000 - 120,000, and his latest print Banksquiat (Grey), estimate £80,000 - 120,000.


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