Warhol's Endangered Species Highlights Bonhams Prints & Multiples Sale

New York- On May 21, Bonhams Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples sale is highlighted by a collection of Andy Warhol prints from his 1983 portfolio, Endangered Species, including African Elephant, Orangutan, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Bighorn Ram, and San Francisco Silverspot. The works come from a private Virginia collector, who, with his late father, has run a delicatessen in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. since 1946 and over time purchased the prints in the early 1990s at various galleries near his deli, including Govinda Gallery and Fine Art & Artists.

Deborah Ripley, Director of Prints & Multiples, comments, "Andy Warhol gave these endangered animals the 'star treatment', showcasing them in his signature pop art style complete with vibrant palettes and bold compositions to bring attention that these species are worth saving. The collector never dreamt that on his salary he could ever afford a work by Warhol, but the gallery owners allowed him to pay off the works over time and eventually he was able to acquire five of the ten prints in the series."

Additional highlights in the sale include:

• Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), L'Homme à la Fraise (B. 1148), 1963 (estimate: $50,000-70,000)
• Frank Stella (born 1936), Bonin Night Heron (A. 112.4), 1979 (estimate: $30,000-50,000)
• Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), Model for Sky Covenant, 1974 (estimate: $25,000-35,000)
• Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Three Studies for a Self-portrait (S. 15), 1981 (estimate: $20,000-30,000)


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