Prints & Multiples Season Highlighted By Global Competition For Andy Warhol Prints

March prints & multiples season realised a combined total of £ 4,779,810 / $ 6,262,715 / € 5,689,138.

The demand for Andy Warhol works witnessed in the Prints & Multiples Online Sale at Christie’s underscores the continued global appeal for the artist across all price points.

Mick Jagger, 1975, sold for £151,200, more than triple its high estimate of £50,000, and Paramount, from Ads, 1985, exceeded pre-sale expectation with competition pushing the price to £81,900; both achieving world auction record prices for these prints by Warhol.

Prints & Multiples Season Highlighted By Global Competition For Andy Warhol Prints

Two editions depicting Chairman Mao performed well, Mao, 1972, selling for £75,600, and Mao, 1972, selling for £47,880, and there were also eight editions from Warhol’s Electric Chair series that all sold above their low estimates. Warhol’s Oyster Stew, from Campbell’s Soup II, 1969, sold for £35,280 and an iconic depiction of Elizabeth Taylor, Liz, 1964 achieved £44,100, more than double its low estimate.

The Prints & Multiples March Season realised a combined total of £4,779,810 / $6,262,715 / €5,689,138. The Prints & Multiples Online Sale was led by James Ensor’s L’entree Du Christ A Bruxelles Le Mardi Gras En 1889, 1898, which achieved a world auction record price for any print by the artist (£239,400).

Prints & Multiples Season Highlighted By Global Competition For Andy Warhol Prints

In addition to the exceptional results for Andy Warhol, further Pop Art highlights included Roy Lichtenstein’s Forms in Space, 1985, selling for more than double the pre-sale estimate (£113,400). David Hockney’s Paper Pools sold for £69,300, a record for this subject matter by the artist.

Works by modern masters Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Marc Chagall also performed strongly. Highlights included Picasso’s Femme au Corsage à Fleurs, 1958, which sold for £94,500, against a low estimate of £50,000, Marc Chagall’s Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel, 1960 (£27,720), and Joan Miró’s Le Chasseur de Pieuvres, 1969 (£13,860).

As part of the Prints & Multiples March 2022 season in London, ‘Laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge: Banksy and 21st Century Editions’ Online Sale closed on 15 March 2022, and realized a total of £2,615,886, selling 90% by lot.

Strong prices were achieved for Banksy’s Banksquiat (Grey), 2019, selling for £163,800, more than double the pre-sale estimate, and achieved a world record for the subject together with Choose your Weapon (VIP Gold) (£239,400), the first time the gold colorway of this edition had been available at auction. Stik’s Lovers (Yellow), 2011, achieved £56,700, setting a world record for a screenprint by the artist.

Further notable results included Grayson Perry’s Map of Days, 2013, (£63,000) while Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin 2000 (Yellow), 2000 and Pumpkin 2000 (Red), 2000 realized prices of £47,880 and £40,320 respectively.

Christie’s Prints & Multiples sales continue with the Prints & Multiples live auction in New York on 21 and 22 April 2022.

Prints & Multiples Season Highlighted By Global Competition For Andy Warhol Prints
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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