Andy Warhol's monumental 60 Last Suppers to sell at Christie's
A monumental masterpiece by Andy Warhol depicting Christ's Last Supper will be offered at Christie's in New York next month.
Sixty Last Suppers, which features multiple images of The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci across a 32ft-wide canvas, was created by Warhol in 1986.
The work will now be offered at auction for the first time in its history, and is expected to fetch in the region of $50 million.
During the later years of his life, Warhol's deeply religious upbringing began to have an influence on his work, and he created more than 100 different versions of the Last Supper.
In January 1987 he exhibited 22 of those works in a gallery opposite the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, the home of Da Vinci's original mural.
It would prove to be the last major project of his life. Just one month after the exhibition opened in Milan, Warhol passed away in New York following routine gall bladder surgery.
His death turned the Last Suppers exhibition in Milan into an eerie retrospective, which attracted 30,000 visitors in the weeks that followed.
"Christie’s Sixty Last Suppers is the unequivocal masterpiece from Warhol’s late period," said Alex Rotter, Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Art, New York.
"Standing in front of this momentous canvas, the viewer is fully immersed by Leonardo’s vision, but seen through the eyes of Andy Warhol. Many paintings are described as a tour-de-force, this is Warhol’s."
The Christie's Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art takes place in New York on November 15.
In addition to Warhol's 60 Last Suppers, the sale will also feature a genuine religious masterpiece by Leonard da Vinci himself – the Salvator Mundi – which comes with an estimate of more than $100 million.
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