Andy Warhol’s Eight Elvises Sells for $100 million

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An unknown buyer has acquired Andy Warhol’s Eight Elvises in a private sale, for a record $100 million. It sends Warhol straight into the top 10 list of the most expensive artists of all time. An auction price of $43.8m for his 200 One Dollar Bills in New York earlier this month confirms Warhol as the marquee name in the art market. The

unusual thing about this Warhol, however, is that it is unique. Unlike the artist’s other screen prints, which were run off, sometimes in hundreds of editions, he only made one of the work he called Eight Elvises.

Although the sale of Eight Elvises was completed last year, details have only just emerged after a year-long investigation by the art writer Sarah Thornton, who published her findings in this week’s Economist.

The picture, a 12ft canvas, has 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. When that massive work was dismantled, Eight Elvises went back to being one distinct piece. In the late 1960s, the work was sold to Annibale Berlingieri, an Italian collector. Since 2002, he has consistently been one of the three most bought and sold artists. At the height of the art market boom, in 2007, auctionsales of his work totaled $428m, the highest turnover of any artist.

Although there is no doubt about the sale, the buyer remains a mystery. There are, however, only a few individuals who would be able to afford such a work.

Greatness | Andy Warhol’s Polaroids of Sports Champions

I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THESE DAMN!!!!!!!!!!

Danziger Projects plays host to an amazing collection of polaroids by Andy Warhol entitled ‘Greatness’. “In 1977, Richard Weisman, an art collector and a friend of Warhol’s, commissioned a series of paintings of ten great sports figures of the era, now known as the “Athlete Series”. The group of athletes was selected by Mr. Weisman, and included stars of a variety of sports: Muhammad Ali (boxing), Pelé (soccer), Dorothy Hamill (figure skating), Tom Seaver (baseball), Jack Nicklaus (golf), O.J. Simpson (football), Chris Evert (tennis), Willie Shoemaker (horse racing), Rod Gilbert (ice hockey, NY Rangers), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball).” Warhol was the master of capturing the moment, in more ways than one, this collection of photographs shows another side to the artists ability to document and expose.

Available to view from the 31st October through to December 12th.

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“Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” Exhibition

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There is something about the immediacy and rawness of Polaroid images that makes them incredibly intimate and powerful.  Andy Warhol understood this better than anyone which is why his Polaroid Big Shot became his favourite tool for capturing the world around him.  A new exhibition “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” celebrates this.  Featuring nearly 250 Polaroids and 75 black and white prints of the images taken by Warhol from 1970 to 1987, plus some of his films from the 1960s, in addition to thousands of other Polaroids featuring celebrity confidantes such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Truman Capote, Dorothy Hamill, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Jack Nicklaus and former Cars vocalist Rick Ocasek, which he used as studies for his silkscreen paintings.

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Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids is at the Nasher Museum of Art from 12 November – 21 February 2009.

Michael Jackson and Andy Warhol Together at Christie’s

BOY!!!!!! EVERYBODY IS CASHING IN ON MJ

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Christie’s is looking for a thrill on November 10, 2009. The auction house is sending an Andy Warhol portrait ofMichael Jackson under the gavel, with a presale estimate of between $500,000 and $700,000. The piece, measuring 30 inches by 26 inches, is one of a small collection of silk-screens the King of Pop Art created of the King of Pop in 1984.
The Jackson piece is being sold by an anonymous collector in New York, according to Brett Gorvy, the deputy chairman of Christie’s. The current owner purchased it from the Andy Warhol foundation sometime in the 1990s.
Forty-six lots will be auctioned along with the Jackson portrait, and there will be two other paintings by Warhol.
Back in August, a similar Jackson painting by Warhol was sold. The buyer chose to remain anonymous, and nobody will reveal the price … except to say that it went for more than $1 million.

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ANDY WARHOL THE LAST DECADE AT THE MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM. I NEED TO GO SEE THIS.


Andy Warhol X Marilyn Monroe X Nike Air Max 90

SEEING HOW I’M THE BIGGEST WARHOL FAN I GOTTA GET THESE.

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