Eight Elvises is a 1963 silkscreen painting of Elvis Presley by the American pop artist Andy Warhol. Measuring 12-foot long, the work was sold for over $100m in 2008 – a sale which pushed Warhol into the ‘top 10’ greatest selling artists of all time. It had not been seen in public since it was exhibited in Los Angeles in 1963 as part of a much larger 37ft canvas with 16 Elvises on it.
In a review published by The Economist magazine, Eight Elvises is described as having “all the virtues of a great Andy Warhol: fame, repetition and the threat of death”.
The canvas bears the artist’s favourite colour, silver; while the work dates to a vintage Warhol year, 1963.
The Economist also reported that the painting was sold by Italian collector Annibale Berlingieri to a private collector brokered by Philippe Ségalot, a French art consultant for $100 million.
The sale makes the Warhol making it one of the most expensive paintings and was a World Record for a Warhol.
It remains the eleventh most valuable painting in the world. Its last sale value stands at $100.9m, counting inflation.
Eight Elvises did not leave the home of Annibale Berlingieri, a Roman collector, for 40 years. Berlingieri had owned the work since it was dismantled from the 37ft 16 Elvises canvas back in the 1960s.
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