The world may know Andy Warhol synonymously for his pop art, but the late artist was also an incredible photographer. Famed artist Warhol has produced nearly 130,000 images with his treasured 35-millimetre compact Minox alone, only 17 percent of which had been printed at the time of his death in 1987. “Having a few rolls of film to develop gives me a good reason to get up in the morning,” the Master of Pop once said of his preoccupation with photography.
These will take centre stage at an online-only Christie’s auction held in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with bidding running from April 28 through May 6.”Andy Warhol: Better Days” will feature 60 photographs selected by Michael Dayton Hermann, director of licensing, marketing and sales at the Warhol Foundation, in coordination with Christie’s.
The online auction will bring light upon Warhol’s ability to capture the beauty of the everyday scenes that surrounded him, from the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Montauk and the tulips lining New York City’s Park Avenue.
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We’re honored to present ‘Andy Warhol: Better Days’, an online-only sale of 60 unique photographs showcasing Warhol’s ability to capture the splendor of the outdoors and the simple pleasures associated with human interaction.⠀ .⠀ Held in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, proceeds from the sale will support the Foundation’s effort to provide emergency relief to artists throughout the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.⠀ .⠀ Andy Warhol (1928-1987), ‘Self-Portrait’, two unique Polaroid prints sold as a set,1973. Estimate: $30,000-50,000.⠀ .⠀ Andy Warhol: Better Days — 28 April – 6 May, online.⠀ .⠀ #andywarhol #arthelps #art #auction #photography #warholphotographs #contemporaryart @warholfoundation
Many of the photographs on offer are estimated in the region of US$3,000 and US$5,000 (S$4,300 and S$7,200), although portraits of the Pop artist are among the priciest lots.
Warhol’s portrait with American curator of contemporary art Henry Geldzahler is expected to fetch between US$15,000 and US$20,000 (S$21,500 and S$28,600), while the polaroid prints “Self-Portrait” are estimated to go under the hammer between US$30,000 and US$50,000 (S$43,000 and S$71,500).
“This unique sale focuses on works which celebrate Warhol’s uncanny ability to draw attention to the inspiring artistry of ordinary life,” Hermann said of the auction in a statement.
Proceeds from “Andy Warhol: Better Days” will support the Warhol Foundation’s ongoing efforts to support artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this April, the Foundation announced that it will team up with partner organisations in its Regional Re-granting Program to distribute emergency grants of US$100,000 (S$143,000) to artists in 16 cities across the United States.
“Andy Warhol: Better Days” is one of numerous online-only sales that will run throughout the months of April and May, with each timed auction ranging from 14 to 21 days.
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Add some sparkle to your day! ✨ ✨ ✨⠀ .⠀ Over 150 fine jewels by iconic designers will be offered in our Jewels Online auction — open for bidding on Monday, 13 April. ⠀ .⠀ David Webb is famous for whimsical animal brooches like the one here. What animal do you think it is?⠀ .⠀ Andrew Clunn lapis lazuli, diamond and enamel earrings. Estimate: $2,000–3,000.⠀ ⠀ David Webb diamond, multi-gem and enamel brooch. Estimate: $6,000–8,000.⠀ ⠀ Tiffany & Co. sapphire and gold bracelet. Estimate: $3,000–5,000.⠀ .⠀ Jewels Online auction, 13–24 April.⠀ .⠀ @christiesjewels #jewel #jewels #jewellery #jewelry #earrings #brooch #bracelet
These newly-scheduled auctions will offer collectors the opportunity to acquire masterworks across numerous collecting categories, including 20th Century art, Asian Art, Decorative Arts, Photography, Science and Natural History, as well as Jewels, Watches and Handbags.
“Following our planned move to reduce our printed materials by at least 50% and to increase our investment in digital-first initiatives, Christie’s is now accelerating the development of new enhancements that support our private and online-only sales channels,” Jennifer Zatorski, president of Christie’s Americas, said in a statement.
Christie’s attracted over 13.3 million visitors worldwide in 2019 through its online auctions, while 41 percent of new buyers came to the auction house via its digital offerings.