Among other high-estimated artworks already announced, there will be also a Warhol daily double for Christie’s at next NY auction in May.
After the successful £22.6m sale of the Andy Warhol, Six Self Portraits, 1986 at last London auction, Christie’s has now just announced others masterpieces that will offer in next London auction: Warhol made a Elvis paintings series in the summer of 1963, cosisting in 23 works, as the culmination of several series of celebrity portraits that Warhol made in the early 1960s. The painting is a unique variation from a group of portraits of single and multiplied Elvises created especially for Warhol’s second solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles—the centre of America’s entertainment industry: This version, in fact, is a little more Elvis 1.1 than two times given the faint register of the second printing of the image. A very similar work sold at Sotheby’s in 2012 for $37m which means were going to see another test of the Warhol market. MoMA in New York has a version of the Double Elvis [Ferus Type] with a sharp, vivid double printing that was donated by Jerry and Emily Spiegel in 2001.
Christie’s contemporary art chairman Alex Rotter said the paintings — of “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the career criminal” — are “very memorable and early examples of Warhol’s profound understanding of fame.”
But this Warhol won’t be the only high-end work by the artist offered next May with many expectations over it: Indeed, Christie’s is offering in the May sales also a work from celebrated Andy Warhol’s Most Wanted series,Most Wanted Men, No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr., 1964 , with the same whisper estimate of $30m. That series represents a very big jump for this particular series in Warhol’s body of work which actually was one of the artist’s most controversial ones, as originally conceived as a monumental mural to celebrate the 1964 New York World’s Fair, but famously destroyed just a few days before the fair’s official opening.The large-scale mural was painted over just days after it was first installed, although the exact reasons have proved to be difficult to ascertain. Initially it was thought that Warhol himself had instigated this process, saying that he wasn’t happy with the final result. While, perhaps more logically, it might
have been just an act of censorship, as the fair’s organizers thought that a work of art depicting armed robbers and murderers was not in keeping with the fair’s theme of “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” However, later that year, Warhol made a series of nearly two dozen larger than life size canvases featuring thirteen of these “most wanted” men, among them was the present work. Among his many depictions of American cultural icons, the subject of Andy Warhol’s Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.stands as one of the most striking. With his chiseled features, dark, smoldering eyes and wavy brown hair, the could easily belong to one of the teenage matinee idols with which the artist began his career. Yet, with a police ID slate pinned to his jacket, and rendered in monochromatic Ben-day dots, this 22-year-old is actually a dangerous criminal, an armed robber wanted by the New York City Police Department. The last time a Most Wanted work sold at auction, also at Christie’s, in 2011 it achieved a record price for the series of $4.7m. Christie’s current work, with a prestigious american provenience, is a substantially larger work with two images from the mug shots instead of one image in the case of the Most Wanted No. 3, Ellis B. Ruiz which was sold in 2011.