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Spring Fling: Warhol at Christies

Christies upcoming onlin auction has several Warhols we haven't seen before.

By Chadwick Ciocci

What is most fascinating perhaps about artists such as Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol is that no matter how often they appear at auction, we are continuously surprised by pieces the public has never before seen.

Christies currently has an online auction of over 100 Warhol works, including many drawings and photographs we have never seen before. This online auction ends on April 21.

Our acquisition recommendations are below.

Dancing Sprites

$6,000 – 8,000 

Warhol often incorporated at least a dash of the whimsical in his work and certainly did in this piece as well. Dancing Sprites features two sprites in mirrored pose wearing ragged yellow dresses. Though their attire may be distraught their mood isn’t: their smiles – ever so slight – hint at spring and the energy that comes with it.

The shapes are massively fun though and remind us of children’s drawings, especially in the sprites’ noses. Whether it was so or not, we imagine Warhol was influenced by Roald Dahl when he created this piece.

We suggest acquiring this piece at or below the low estimate. 

In The Bottom Of My Garden

$25,000 – 35,000

Here we have a complete set of 20 offset lithographs that Warhol executed in 1956, relatively early in his career.  They feature many of his common motifs: cherubs, cats, flowers and shoes. But we are treated to interactions that are not always characteristic of his pieces: sprites kissing, cats eyeing the same, and so many other fun and delightful scenes.

Considering the entire collection can be had at once, this is quite an opportunity.

 We suggest acquiring this piece up to the high estimate.

Woman With Cat

$7,000 – 8,000

Cats are ever present in Warhol’s oeuvre, but they usually have more prominence than here. We are entirely captivated by the large busted woman with parasol who strikes us as someone Warhol likely met at one of his parties on the Upper East Side or perhaps even a client of his. She is fun and gregarious and would be as delightful on your wall as she probably was in life. 

We suggest acquiring this piece near the low to mid point of the estimate.

Sitting Bull

$35,000 – 45,000 

Obviously an incredibly different piece than what we have recommended thus far – and certainly better known – Warhol’s Sitting Bull is at once iconic, enjoyable and investment grade. This piece was part of the artists Cowboys and Indians series, and is one of the better-known subjects, along with John Wayne.

What is most enjoyable about this piece is that there are 13 other pieces to collect to complete the series. After all, finding and acquiring works is one of the most enjoyable parts of building a collection.

We suggest acquiring this piece below the $40,000 mark. 

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