The screenprint of The Rolling Stones frontman will be offered at Sotheby’s in September, as part of a series of live auctions around the private collection of late art historian and curator John Richardson.
The sale series will kick off with a special single-lot “Prints & Multiples” auction of Andy Warhol’s portrait of Mick Jagger, which is estimated to sell for between $25,000 and $35,000.
Much like several masterworks from Richardson’s private collection, Jagger’s screenprint is personally inscribed from Warhol to the British-born art historian and curator.
The two first met in New York City in the early 1960s, and quickly developed a close friendship that would last until Warhol’s death in 1987.
“He was the recorder of his time with photos, portraits, diaries. Every morning of his life he dictated what had happened the day before. I don’t think there’s anybody else in the second half of the 20th century who covered as much ground — the whole of showbiz, anybody in politics, tycoons, movie stars,” Richardson said in a eulogy at Warhol’s funeral.
The work on offer at Sotheby’s was executed in 1975 by Warhol as part of a portfolio of ten screenprints featuring The Rolling Stones frontman.
“Image is so important to rock stars. Mick Jagger is the rock star with the longest running image. He’s the one all the young white kids copy. That’s why every detail of his appearance is important,” Warhol said of Jagger in his 1979 book, “Exposures.”
Aside from Warhol’s portrait of Jagger, Sotheby’s will also offer more than 50 masterpieces from Richardson’s collection spanning contemporary art, Old Masters, modern art, and more.
Among them are Lucien Freud’s “Self-Portrait: Reflection” (estimated between $70,000 and $100,000), Pavel Tchelitchew’s “Dancers” (estimated between $200,000 and $300,000), as well as Pablo Picasso’s “Picador et Taureau” (estimated between $25,000 and $35,000).
“John Richardson was at the very center of 20th century art, and his collection is not only a reflection of his creative sensibility, as such a central figure in the art world for decades, but the works he lived with each tell a remarkable story of the close relationships he had with so many renowned artists,” Benjamin Doller, Sotheby’s Chairman, Americas, said in a statement.