Andy Warhol’s Sam (Sitting) to auction on February 4
Andy Warhol’s Sam (Sitting), an illustration of a cat, is to cross the block at Auctionata in Berlin on February 4.
The drawing dates to the 1950s and shows one of Warhol’s many cats.
It’s expected to make $6,545-7,636.
The auction house explains: “Warhol surrounded always himself in his townhouse in Carnegie Hill during the 1950s and 60s with cats. With only one exception, all of his cats were named Sam.
“In 1954 Warhol had publishes a book ‘25 Cats Named Sam and one Blue Pussy’. But he also created in this time numerous drawings, mostly executed in ink, after the eponymous subject.”
Another work depicting a young woman and executed in India ink carries an identical valuation of $6,545-7,636.
Auctionata states: “At the beginning of the 1950s, Warhol began to created drawings, designs and illustrations for Christmas cards, advertising posters and record covers.
“These included humorous depictions of playful putti, fairies, elves and other fanciful creatures. Our drawing, depicting a young lady, possibly originates from this context.”
Warhol is one of the most important artists of all time. His iconic screenprints sell for millions of dollars at auction.
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