Two minutes and more than $85 million. It was necessary to auction a monumental and emblematic painting by Andy Warhol from 1963.
After a brief duel between two representatives of the auction house, who took their orders over the phone in New York, the work worked White Catastrophe [White Car Crash 19 Times], Estimated by Sotheby’s, which led the sale, to be more than $80 million, it went under the hammer at $74 million, or $85,350,500 with fees.
This remains far from the record of the American artist, whose portrait of Marilyn Monroe, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn of 1962 was auctioned at Christie’s in early May for $195 million and became the work of the XXe the most expensive century ever auctioned.
The canvas, sold Wednesday night and made with screen-printed ink and graphite, depicts nineteen times in black and white the same image of a macabre car crash, with a scene that is sometimes blinded, as if by the light of a bolt of lightning. . It is 3.60 meters high.
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The pop art master, who died in 1987, became an auction star and, for the last time, a monumental painting from this series, known as The Death and disaster serieswhich sold in 2013, set a new record for the artist at $105 million at Sotheby’s.
“In late 1962, Warhol painted Marilyn Monroe, which marked the beginning of his fascination with celebrity imagery. But it really is [la] Disappear [de Marilyn Monroe] Late 1962 and the spectacle that surrounds him, which fascinated him and prompted him to paint pictures of death and catastrophe in early 1963.”David Galperin, head of contemporary art for America at Sotheby’s, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Only three works of this monumental format exist from this crash image, one of which is in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The one sold on Wednesday was from a private collection and, as usual, Sotheby’s did not identify the buyer.