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Blue-chip Names for Your Collection

Sotheby’s upcoming prints and multiples auction on April 20 offers several opportunities to acquire blue-chip names at reasonable prices.

By Chadwick Ciocci

Both Christies and Sotheby’s host several prints and multiples auctions during the year. They are fantastic opportunities for those starting their collections or looking for gifts for the art-lovers in their lives.

Below are several recommendations that would make wonderful additions to (or the beginning of) anyone’s collection.

Roy Lichtenstein


$6,000 – 8,000

Roy Lichtenstein was a leader in the pop art movement, along the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. He is best known for his comic book-like creations, such as Drowning Girl. Lichtenstein often recreated works by van Gogh and Picasso, and here we have at auction a recreation of Monet’s famous haystacks.

This screen print was executed in 1969, is signed and dated in pencil and is number 35 / 250.

We suggest acquiring this piece as high as $9,500.

Jeff Koons

Balloon Dog (Blue)

$10,000 – 15,000

Jeff Koons is one of the most well-known and prolific living artists and has created some of the most iconic art in contemporary culture. Balloon Dog is a perfect example, and you have the opportunity to acquire this blue version (or a red version).

The piece is numbered 1007 / 2300.

Balloon Dog (Blue) is fun and iconic and is certain to become a talking point in your home, but it is often available, so we suggest acquiring this piece as close to, or even below, the low estimate of $10,000.

Andy Warhol


$80,000 – 100,000

Andy Warhol is certainly one of the most well-known artists of the twentieth century and one of the most successful at auction, and for good reason. His fun, irreverent and interesting style means that no collection is complete without some of his works.

Moonwalk isn’t the best known of Warhol’s works, which is part of our attraction. It isn’t just another soup can.

This screen print was produced in 1987 (the year of the artist’s death) and although number 157 / 160 and an authorized production, it is not signed by the artist.

We suggest acquiring this piece near the low estimate.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled: Four Prints

$100,000 – 150,000

Basquiat is better known today than he ever has been, and the prices of his works at auction have been increasing significantly over the past decade. The African, chicano and other influences in his art make it interesting, different and far more particular than most of the other offerings at this auction.

But Basquiat’s early death means that many of his prints and multiples are not signed by the artist himself, and such is the case here. These four prints are authorized by the artist’s estate and signed by Gerard Basquiat, the estate’s administrator.

Although we love Basquiat, we suggest acquiring this lot at or below the low estimate.

Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Leune Fille, D’Apres Cranach le Jeune

$400,000 – 600,000

Little remains to be said about Pablo Picasso. His works perform exceptionally well at auction and there is little reason to believe they won’t continue to do so for decades to come. This particular piece is somewhat unique within his oeuvre for style and color.

It was executed in 1958 and is signed in blue pencil. It is number 30 / 50.

We suggest acquiring this lot up to and even slightly beyond its high estimate. 

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