Double Elvis by Andy Warhol



2015-06-26 10:54:57

Artwork by Andy Warhol of singer Elvis Presley (1935-1977), created 1963/1976.


Twenty two versions of this artwork exist in both private and public collections although each version differs. Each piece depicts images of singer Elvis Presley dressed as a cowboy and holding a gun that he points at the image's viewer, a prime example of Warhol's early photographic silkscreen technique. The double in the title refers to a shadowy image of Presley in the same pose that appears next to him in the work. The image was inspired by the 1960’s Presley film Flaming Star in which he plays a half-white, half-Native American struggling between two cultures.

The Ferus Gallery in Los Angles first displayed the painting in 1963.

Nine of the twenty two versions are held in museum collections.

Further works

Other works depicting the same imagery have been produced such as eight elvises.

Notable sales of Andy Warhol Elvis Series

It was reported that on November 26th 2009, the Eight Elvises painting was sold by Italian collector Annibale Berlingieri to a private collector brokered by Philippe Ségalot, a French art consultant for $100 million - The most expensive Warhol piece and a sale which pushed Warhol into the ‘top 10’ greatest selling artists of all time.

In 1995 a Double Elvis painting realised $497,500 at Christie's.

In April 2012, it was predicted that the sale of Double Elvis would achieve up to $50m at a Sotheby's auction in May 2012. Sotheby's said Double Elvis "epitomises the artist's obsessions with fame, stardom, and the public image".


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