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Atypical Iconic: Options for Art Collectors

From Damien Hirst to Roy Lichtenstein...

By Chadwick Ciocci

Paddle8 is currently offering several options of contemporary art that would be wonderful additions to anyone’s collection.

Below are our recommendations.

Keith Harring

Retrospect, 1989

$50,000 – 70,000

Keith Harring was a contemporary of Andy Warhol and others of that generation, and he developed and created an iconic style that is radically different from anyone of his time. Retrospect is a fun and easy way to own several of his iconic images. This piece is signed and dated in pencil on the lower right corner.

We recommend acquiring this piece as close to $50,000 as possible.

Andy Warhol

Flowers, 1970

$20,000 – 30,000

Andy Warhol’s flowers are almost as iconic as his works depicting Marilyn Monroe, and in some ways all the more interesting, because although it is executed in his typical style (screen print and color), it departs from his previous works depicting celebrities and consumer culture. This piece is signed in pen and is part of an edition of 250.

We recommend acquiring this piece at or above the high estimate, but no higher than $35,000.

Damien Hirst

The Sick Dead: Loganberry Pink / Lime Green Skull, 2014

$5,000 – 7,000

Like Marilyn Monroe to Andy Warhol, skulls have become synonymous with Hirst’s work. Iconic pieces and imagery are always desirable when collecting an artist, but so too are the ones with mistakes or that in some way depart from their traditional modes. Such is the case with the pink and lime skull. Where Hirst’s skulls are typically black, grey or covered in diamonds, we have here a piece almost more reminiscent of Andy Warhol than Damien Hirst, and that makes it all the more collectible. It is signed and numbered in pencil on the lower right.

We recommend acquiring this piece at or above the high estimate, but no higher than $8,900.

Alex Katz

Black Dress 6 (Yvonne), 2015

$15,000 – 20,000

Katz’s works are immediately recognizable but never dull. Part of the beauty of his women isn’t their actual beauty but how one can always seem to find the essence of a particular woman in their own life: a friend, a family member, a lover. In her black dress, Yvonne is many women. And at 80 inches tall, it is a lot of woman.

We recommend acquiring this piece up to the high estimate of $20,000.

Roy Lichtenstein

Before the Mirror (from Mirrors of the Mind portfolio), 1975

$10,000 – 15,000

Perhaps the theme of this auction is “the atypical iconic”, because once again we have a piece that is quintessential to an artist – Roy Lichtenstein in this case – and yet not typical. Lichtenstein famously depicted people and captions– “I don’t care! I’d rather sink --- than call Brad for help!” – and yet here we have a still life. Fascinatingly, though there is a mirror in the work and the glass and lemon are reflected, the artist, who should be reflected as well, is absent. But then again, unlike Andy Warhol or Pablo Picasso, it was always Lichtenstein’s work that was iconic, not himself. 

We recommend acquiring this piece near the midpoint of the estimate - $12,500. 

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