Andy Warhol collectibles
Andy Warhol was an American artist and film-maker who was instrumental in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. He was also a celebrated socialite, entertaining diverse groups of celebrities, artists and street hustlers at his renouned studio ‘The Factory’, and cultural commentator who first coined the term ’15 minutes of fame’. He was equally influential in both his support of other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and the band The Velvet Underground.
He is one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century, famous for his iconic print images of both celebrities and everyday products, and his work commands some of the highest prices on the current art market.
Born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh in 1928, Warhol showed a talent for art and studied Commercial Art at the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He moved to New York in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist, finding success with magazine advertisements and adverts. However, he was determined to be taken seriously as an artist and held his first solo exhibition in 1962 at the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles.
The art scene of the 1960s saw an enormous shift, with pop culture and commercialism brought front and centre by the work of his contemporaries such as Roy Lichtenstein and Billy Apple. But Warhol was at the forefront of the movement, founding the ‘Factory’ studio as his base and surrounding himself with a number of artists, performers, musicians and actors. He began making films starring this cast of bohemians, and throughout the 1960s he gained fame and notoriety in equal measures.
In 1968 he was shot by Valerie Solanas, one of the Factory regulars, and the 1970 saw him remove himself from his previous social circles. He maintained a lower profile, but continued to be present on the fashionable New York scene and produced a number of high-profile commissioned portraits during the decade.
The 1980s saw him become a patron to younger notable New York artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, and he experienced a resurgence in his own work producing a number of works based on his religious beliefs including Details of Renaissance Paintings (1984) and The Last Supper (1986). He died in his sleep on February 22 1987 from a sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia after gall-bladder surgery.
Warhol is celebrated for his iconic images of celebrities and brand logos. His series of prints based around Campbell’s Soup Cans is instantly recognisable, with the original series of 32 prints now housed in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
His depictions of cultural icons are equally well-known, and his paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Muhammad Ali are some of the most famous images in modern art. His most famous paintings include:
- Installation of Campbell's Soup Cans (1962)
- 210 Coca-Cola Bottles (1962)
- Marilyn Monroe (1962)
- Che (1962)
- Dollar Signs
- Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) (1963)
- Men In Her Life (1962)
- Eight Elvises (1963)
- Turquoise Marilyn (1964)
- Jackie Kennedy (1964)
- Electric Chair (1965)
- Untitled (Red Cow) (1965)
- Mao (1973)
- Self-Portrait (1986)
In 2007 his work ‘Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)’ (1963) was sold at a Christie’s auction for a then-record price of $71.7 million.
A week later Warhol’s ‘Turquoise Marilyn’ (1964) was purchased by art collector Stephen A. Cohen via a private sale for an estimated price of $80 million.
In October 2008 his work ‘Eight Elvises’ (1963) was sold to an anonymous buyer via French art consultant Philippe Ségalot for a record price of $100 million.
In 2010 the piece ‘Men In Her Life (1962) was sold to an anonymous buyer at a Phillips de Pury & Company auction for $63.4 million.
16 February 2011 saw the sale of a previously unknown 1967 Self Portrait By Andy Warhol at Christie's, London for £10,793,250 against an estimate of £3,000,000-5,000,000.