Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $7.7 Million

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $7.7 Million at Sotheby's of London

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $7.7 Million at Sotheby’s of London

The self-portrait, which recently sold at Sotheby’s for $7.7 million, was one of the first ten self-portraits that Warhol ever created. Renowned up to this point for his candid depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Liz Taylor, a dealer friend encouraged Warhol to explore his own image explaining that many found his persona and his look as interesting as his artwork.

Warhol obtained the source photograph of this self-portrait from a New York City photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, completely innovative, having himself just pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art a couple of years previously.

Warhol also used this new medium to create portraits of many celebrities including Ethel Scull – the New York collector. The resultant painting of Scull is now one of the most celebrated works of Warhol’s early career. Scull described how, to create it, Warhol had taken her to a seedy amusement arcade on 42nd Street: “We were running from one booth to another, and he took all these pictures and they were drying all over the place… I was so pleased.”

Andy Warhol's painting titled "Ethel Scull 36 Times" jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Andy Warhol’s painting titled “Ethel Scull 36 Times” jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

More than any artist before him, Warhol’s image, identity, and constructed public persona, were inextricably bound to his art. His self-portraits became the richest and most fertile means for his own self-invention. Starting with this portrait, he turned himself into an icon – as flat, shallow, and immediately identifiable as Elvis, Marilyn, or Liz.

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Woman Claims Salvador Dali Is Her Father.

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What would you do if you discovered that your father, who you never knew, might be known and loved through out the world as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century? You’d get a paternity test.

On June 26, 2017, a judge in a Madrid court-ordered that Dalí’s body be exhumed to settle a paternity case involving a 61-year-old Spanish woman named María Pilar Abel Martínez who says that her mother claimed to have had an affair with Salvador Dali while working as a maid for his neighbor and that Dalí is her father.

The judge ordered the artist’s body to be exhumed because of a “lack of other biological or personal remains” to compare to Abel’s DNA.

Abel was born in Figueres, Girona, the same town where DalĂ­ was born and died. Her family has been trying to prove his paternity for a decade. According to the Associated Press, Abel could be entitled to up to 25 percent of his estate if paternity is confirmed.

While the exhumation will likely face an appeal it is clear that Maria Abel might very well be a golden egg.

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GallArt.com – Recent Acquisitions

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Artist: Peter Max

Title: Palm Beach Lady

Size: 48″ x 36″

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Year: 2002

Edition: Original

 

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Gallery Art – Recent Acquisitions

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Artist: Jozza
Title: Wonder Woman
Size: 33″ x 43.5″
Medium: Mixed Media on Wood
Year: 2017
Edition: Original
Description: Hand signed by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. Additional images are available upon request.
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GallArt.com – Recent Acquisitions

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Artist: PEZ (Pierre-Yves Riveau)

Title: Twin Pix

Medium: Screenprint

Edition: Of 125

Year: 2016

Description: 21 color screen print on high quality Somerset paper of 300 gsm with deckled edges. This print is hand signed in pencil by PEZ and numbered of an edition of 125.

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GallArt.com – Recent Acquisitions

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Artist: Mr. Brainwash

Title: With All of My Love (Mickey)

Size: 20″ x 20″

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas

Year: 2016

Edition: Original

Description: Hand signed by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Additional images are available upon request. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Please do not hesitate to ask us any further questions.

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