Warhol's Love Triptych print to make $48,000?

Andy Warhol's Love Triptych, a set of three screen prints of lovers kissing, will highlight Bonhams' November 19 Prints sale in London.

The work, which carries an estimate of £22,000-30,000 ($35,304-48,143), dates to 1983 and is signed and numbered from an edition of 100.

Flowers, an offset colour lithograph dating to 1964, is expected to make £8,000-12,000 ($12,830-19,245).

Love Triptych Warhol
The three signed screenprints are from a limited run of 100

Rupert Worrall, head of Bonhams' prints department, commented: "Warhol's chosen imagery and technique was utterly contemporary and ephemeral. Yet the Warholian aesthetic is still relevant today.

"The Marilyns, Soup Cans, and Electric Chairs are images of astonishing power and durability and their beauty lies in their instant accessibility. Recent auction results demonstrate that demand for Warhol prints continues unabated, and in some cases, prices are beginning to revisit levels not seen since the boom of 2006-2007".

Warhol was the top selling artist of 2012, and his recent popularity looks set to continue into the foreseeable future.

Earlier this week (September 23) a cow print by Warhol, signed "H.B P.D (Happy Birthday, Phyllis Diller) Love Andy Warhol '83", from the collection of comedian Phyllis Diller, sold for $43,750 - an increase of 629.1% on a high estimate of $6,000.

The record price paid for his work remains $100m for Eight Elves (1963), which was set in 2008.  

The sale will also feature work by key artists influenced by Warhol including Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and David Hockney.

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