Roy Lichtenstein collectibles
Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist, known for his influential work in the Pop Art movement alongside his contemporaries such as Andy Warhol. His paintings were based on the panels of comic books, often magnified to the point where the dots of the Ben-Day printing process were clearly visible.
In the characteristic Pop Art style, he took these images from popular culture considered by many to be ‘low-brow’ and transformed them, displaying them out of context as pieces of art in their own right.
Lichtenstein used the comic-book style along with a satirical sense of humor to create some of Pop Art’s best-known images.
- In 1989 at a Christie’s sale of contemporary art, the Lichtenstein painting ‘Torpedo…Los!’ (1963) sold for a then-record price of $5.5 million.
- In 2005 his painting ‘Blue Nude’ (1995) from the collection of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace was sold in a Sotheby’s New York auction for $5.2 million.
- In November 2005 the painting ‘In the Car’ (1963) sold at a Christie’s New York auction for $16.2 million, setting a new record for Lichtenstein’s work.
- In November 2010 this record was broken when his painting ‘Ohhh…Alright…’ (1964) was sold by Christie’s in New York for $42.6 million.
Lictenstein's most famous works include 'Whaam!' (1963) which is currently on display at the Tate Modern in London, and Drowning Girl (1963) which can be viewed at the Museum of Modern art in New York.
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