1967 self-portrait by Andy Warhol
1967 self-portrait by Andy Warhol A102.103 is a 6 foot square self-portrait by Andy Warhol. History
The picture is one of a series of 11 large-scale paintings produced by Warhol in 1967. Five of the paintings are on permanent exhibition at The Tate Gallery in London, The Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst in Munich, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with two at the Detroit Institute for Arts.
‘1967 self-portrait’ features Warhol in an iconic pose, with his hand to his mouth. Warhol first used this image in 1966 when he painted life sized images. In 1967 he produced the series of 11 larger portraits.
Eight of these portraits were included in Warhol’s retrospective exhibition at MOMA in 1989.
Six were exhibited in the American Pavilion at the International and Universal Exposition in Montreal in 1967.
Self-portrait A102.103 is stamped and certified by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board Inc.
The painting had been held in a private collection since 1974 and was ‘discovered’ in 2010.
On 16 February 2011 the painting was sold by Christie’s, London for £10,793,250 including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of £3,000,000-5,000,000.
Francis Outred, of Christie's commented: “It has been an incredibly exciting journey to work with a previously unknown work by Andy Warhol, particularly one with such historic importance. We are thrilled to have been able to publish this work for the first time in our catalogue and to exhibit it to the public for the first time. It drew great admiration both at the exhibition and in the saleroom, where it sold for more than twice the presale estimate.”
At the time Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported that the buyer was US art dealer Larry Gagosian, owner of the Gagosian Gallery, with one of the underbidders believed to be Jose Mugrabi who is said to own the world’s largest Warhol collection.