NEW YORK, NY.- Sothebys
New York will hold its first-ever evening sale of prints on 27 October 2011. 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. Select prints from the sale will travel to both Hong Kong and Sao Paolo, before returning to New York for exhibition beginning 23 October. The bi-annual various-owners auction of Prints will be held concurrently on 27 & 28 October, 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 Sothebys 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.
*Andy Warhol - Mao (F. & S. II.90-99) Estimate $700,000 1.4 million Each sheet 918 by 916 mm, 36 1/8 by 36 in
The complete portfolio, comprising ten screenprints in colors, 1972, each signed in ball-point pen on the verso and stamp-numbered 211/250, on Beckett White paper, co-published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples Inc., New York, accompanied by the original box (10 prints)
*Jasper Johns - False Start I (ULAE 9) Estimate $120/180,000 446 by 349 mm, 17 9/16 by 13 3/4 in
Lithograph printed in colors, 1962, signed in pencil, dated 23 July 1962and inscribed artists proof for David, aside from the numbered edition of 38, on BFK Rives paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, ULAE, framed
*Andy Warhol - Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.138-147) - Estimate $300/500,000 Each sheet approx. 1108 by 735 mm, 43 1/2 by 29in
The complete portfolio, comprising ten screenprints in colors, 1975, each signed in pencil and numbered 99/250, also signed by the subject, on Arches Aquarelle paper, published by Seabird Editions, London (10 prints)