Munch, Johns and Warhol's Mickey Mouse star at Christie's

Christie's will hold its Prints & Multiples sale on April 26-27, featuring 482 lots of American, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary prints.

With total auction sales estimated at $7m, works by Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein will pass before collectors and investors.


Two Flags by Jasper Johns

Also included will be works from the collection of Michael Crichton, author of such thrillers as The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and the dramatic television series ER.

Highlights in the sale include Jasper Johns famous depiction of the United States Stars and Stripes, Two Flags (Whitney Anniversary).

The 1980 coloured lithograph is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

Also featured is Edvard Munch's Madonna, a lithograph with woodcut, 1895-1902, which carries a pre-sale value of $350,000-500,000.

Warhol makes an appearance with his Pop Art portrayal of Walt Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse (pictured top right). The 1981 screenprint, in colours with diamond dust, is estimated at $70,000-100,000.


Edvard Munch's Madonna

The sale won't be the only opportunity for collectors to acquire a Munch - the artist's Fertility could sell for $35m at Christie's Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 4.

Meanwhile, a hand-coloured museum-quality print of Much's Madonna, dated 1895, will be offered for sale at Bonhams Print sale on July 13.

The latter has never before been seen in public and is estimated to fetch between $750,000-1,050,000.

Original lithographs can offer excellent investment opportunities to collectors who don't wish to stretch to six-figure prices for their artworks.

For instance, an original lithograph of Andy Warhol's famous and iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe, signed by the artist himself, is currently available on the collectors' market priced $41,250.




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