Andy Warhol's Dollar Sign screenprint could make big bucks at Bonhams' auction

 

Andy Warhol is naturally associated with money by many. His artworks have commanded some of the top prices at auction in recent years, and in fact he's been the second (to Picasso) in terms of total art sales several times.

Warhol also associated himself and his work strongly with money and the making of it. His 'factory' was more or less explicitly geared towards maximising profit.

The artist was fascinated by the dollar sign itself. He once said,

“I like money on the wall. Say you were going to buy a $200,000 painting. I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall.

"Then when someone visited you the first thing they would see is the money on the wall.” (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975).

 

Andy Warhol American Dollar 1928 1987
Andy Warhol American Dollar 1928 1987
Now, Bonhams is offering a mounted screenprint of a Dollar Sign. The work was originally created on a handkerchief. It is expected to sell for £20,000 – 30,000.

 

Back in 2009, Warhol's 200 One Dollar Bills quadrupled its estimate to sell for $43.8m.

It will sell at Contemporary Two: Modern Design sale on 29 March 2012. Another Warhol print, of Elizabeth Taylor, is selling tomorrow (January 25) elsewhere.

For Warhol fans we have something a little different in our stock: a polo neck jumper worn by the artist. Most of the best known pictures of Warhol show him in his polo neck.


 

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