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Auction: Contemporary Art Day
was auctioned on: 11 February 2014
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Andy Warhol

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Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000
ca. US$49,663 - US$82,772
Price realised:  £37,500
ca. US$62,079
Lot number 147, Views: 29

Andy Warhol Skulls 1976 colour screenprint each sheet (i) 76.6 x 101.7 cm. (30 1/8 x 40 in.) ; (ii) 76.7 x 101.6 cm. (30 1/4 x 40 in.); (iii) 76.6 x 101.5 cm. (30 1/8 x 39 7/8 in.); (iv) 76.4 x 101.5 cm. (30 1/8 x 39 7/8 in.) A complete set of four screenprints in colour, on Strathmore Bristol paper, two sheets with the paper manufacturers blind stamp upper right. (i), (ii) and (iii) each signed and numbered '13/50 Andy Warhol' lower left; (iv) signed and numbered '13/50' lower left 'Andy Warhol' lower right. This work is number 13 from an edition of 50.
Provenance Private Collection Artist Bio Andy Warhol American • 1928 - 1987 A seminal figure in the Pop Art movement of the early 1960s, Andy Warhol's paintings and screenprints are iconic beyond the scope of Art History, having become universal signifiers of an age. An early career in commercial illustration led to Warhol's appropriation of imagery from American popular culture and insistent concern with the superficial wonder of permanent commodification that yielded a synthesis of word and image, of art and the everyday. Warhol's obsession with creating slick, seemingly mass-produced artworks led him towards the commercial technique of screenprinting, which allowed him to produce large editions of his painted subjects. The clean, mechanical surface and perfect registration of the screenprinting process afforded Warhol a revolutionary absence of authorship that was crucial to the Pop Art manifesto. View More Works

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Day
Date of the auction: 11 Feb 2014
Address: Phillips
London