Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait Collection to Go Under the Hammer

  1. Jeremy
  2. June 15, 2017 3:53 pm

Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait Collection to Go Under the Hammer

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A work from Andy Warhol’s very first series of self-portraits will star as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 28 June 2017. In the early 1960s, the legendary Pop Art pioneer had achieved renown for his candid portrayals of luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

Self Portrait, 1963 – 64,  represents the moment that Warhol stepped out from behind the camera and into the glare of its flashbulb – and the moment that  Warhol the icon was born.

This was a turning point that reverberated throughout his oeuvre,  as  Warhol joined the ranks of  Rembrandt,  Van Gogh and Picasso to take his place among the most important and influential self-portraitists in the history of art.

Created when Warhol was 35 years old, Self-Portrait will be offered at auction for the first time, 30 years after the artist’s death in 1987.

“In the age of Instagram, Warhol’s fabled prediction that ‘in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes’ has never felt more prophetic, and the artist’s  first self-portraits created using a strip of photographs taken in a New York dime store photo-booth have never felt more relevant to contemporary culture. This is a work of immense art historical importance that marks the watershed moment when Warhol joined the canon of the greatest self-portraitists.” – James Sevier, Senior Specialist, Contemporary Art.

Estimate: $5-7 million.


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