Warhol's Liz Taylor sold for $23million
- Dear Listers,
Some time ago, I recall we had a discussion about Andy Warhol and his roots
in several of the Slovak yahoo groups. As per the BBC News this morning,
this article appeared. I searched their archives about Andy Warhol himself and
found this blurb. The article in the news follows.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Warhol was an American painter, film-maker and author, and a leading figure
in the Pop Art movement.
Andrew Warhola was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents had
emigrated to the USA from Ruthenia, a region now in the Slovak Republic...........
scroll for BBC news article
Warhol's Liz Taylor sold for $23m
Liz is a classic example of Warhol's work.
An Andy Warhol painting of actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor has been sold for
$23.7m (£11.4m) at a New York auction.
An anonymous bidder bought the 1963 portrait, called Liz, which had been
expected to fetch more than $25m (£11.9m) at Christie's.
The auction house refused to confirm reports that it was British actor Hugh
Grant who sold the portrait after he bought it in 2001 for $15m (£7.2m).
Warhol created 12 portraits of the actress as she recovered from illness.
"I started those a long time ago when she was so sick and everybody said she
was going to die," the artist said at the time.
"Now I am doing them all over, putting bright colours on her lips and eyes."
Warhol also produced similar works of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy.
In May a painting of a car crash sold for $71.7m (£36.3m), a record for a
Warhol piece. The 1963 painting, Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I),
depicted an overturned car on fire.
Jeff Koons' Diamond (Blue) sold for $11.8m (£5.7m).
American artist Warhol was leading figure in the Pop Art movement, and he
experimented by creating artworks from mass-produced images from American
Born in 1928, he died unexpectedly in 1987 in a New York hospital following
a gall bladder operation.
London-born Dame Elizabeth, 75, first achieved stardom aged 12 in National
Velvet. She went on to win Oscars for her roles in the 1960 film Butterfield
8, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Her last screen appearance was in the 2001 television movie These Old
Broads, co-starring Debbie Reynolds.
The centerpiece of Christie's post-war and contemporary art auction was Jeff
Koons' Diamond (Blue) sculpture.
Made of stainless steel and standing at seven-foot high, the sculpture sold
for $11.8m (£5.7m).
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