Sotheby's New York will hold its first-ever evening sale of prints on October 27.
Important Contemporary Prints from an American Private Collection will offer a stunning selection of 37 works by artists including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, which are notable for their wonderful condition.
The Collection is also remarkable for the number of comprehensive sets that it contains, led by six complete Warhol portfolios that were purchased directly from his Factory and had remained unframed until present.
Both the Mao (top) and Mick Jagger portfolios will sell in their entirety,
Select prints from the sale will travel to both Hong Kong and Sao Paolo, before returning to New York for exhibition beginning October 23.
The bi-annual various-owners auction of Prints will be held concurrently on October 27 & 28, and will be highlighted by works from Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
"This collection and sale represents an increasingly rare scenario in the world of print collecting," commented Mary Bartow, Head of Sotheby's Prints department in New York.
"An auction offering this many full portfolios, in such great condition, and that have remained in the same collection for decades, is an exciting opportunity for collectors. We are thrilled to offer a group of exemplary works that truly are fresh to the market."
Highlights include Andy Warhol's Mao (F. & S. II.90-99) estimated at $700,000-$1.4m - not just one piece, but a whole portfolio comprising 10 screen prints in colours from 1972, each signed in ball-point pen on the verso and stamp-numbered 211/250.
The portfolio's provenance is traced to Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc.
Likewise a complete portfolio of 10 screen prints of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger from 1975. The whole lot is estimated at $300,000-500,000.
With comprehensive sets like this on offer, Sotheby's auction is sure to attract the world's top buyers and institutions.