Sotheby’s New York. Contemporary Art Evening Sale. 11 November 2014. Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and other celebs by Andy Warhol.
WARHOL’S WOMEN. Andy Warhol Portraits of His Muses: Brigitte, Marilyn, Debbie, Jackie, Judy and A RARELY-SEEN LIZ FROM 1963.
EXHIBITED ONLY ONCE IN THE PAST 42 YEARS, LIZ WILL BE ON VIEW IN LONDON FROM 12-16 OCTOBER 2014.
On 11 and 12 November Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art sales will present an unprecedented line up of Andy Warhol’s most iconic female stars. The selection of seven paintings is headlined by Liz #3 (Early Colored Liz) from 1963, a luminous portrayal of the silver screen goddess on a mint green background (est. in the region of $30 million). The sales will also include one of the very best Warhol portraits of Brigitte Bardot that were commissioned by her former husband Gunter Sachs (est. $10/15 million), Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Judy Garland, Debbie Harry and São Schlumberger. Highlights from the group will be on view in London from 12-16 October before the New York exhibition opens on 7 November.
Alexander Rotter, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Contemporary Art Department, commented: “With his portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, and other female stars, Andy Warhol brilliantly depicts not just the beauty but the essence of these icons. Spanning over 20 years, the group includes some of the most recognizable portrayals of these film, music, and society luminaries. The Liz from 1963 is a particularly exciting centerpiece of our November Evening Sale. Long admired from the artist’s catalogue raisonné, the work has rarely been seen in public and comes to Sotheby’s this autumn having never appeared at auction.”