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Warhol and Beckon Tops the list of Sotheby’s Latest Auction by Ashis Pahi

Warhol and Beckon Tops the list of Sotheby’s Latest Auction by Ashis Pahi

The painting ONE DOLLAR BILL (Silver Certificate ) by Andy Warhol in 1962, which was once owned by his  Manager  Fred Hughes beats its 18 million POUND high estimate to a 20.9 million pound in London’s Sotheby auction last week. This was once bought by  a collector at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in Zurich in 1997.  Its Followed by Francis Becons, Self Potrait of 1975 and  THREE  Studies for a Self Potrait , which made 15.3 million pound and  14.7 million pound respectively.

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Andy Warhol’s ONE DOLLAR Bill

Tonight in London Sotheby’s sold £130.4 million ($203.6 million) worth of art at its contemporary art auction, handily trumping the £95.6 million ($150.1 million) that its arch-rival, Christie’s.

Another money-themed Warhol also performed well. The artist’s late Dollar Signs (1981), an array of 25 of those symbols on a teal background and some 90 inches tall, sold for £6.93 million ($10.8 million). (The sale, for the record, was, in part, loosely themed around currency and featured quite a few money-related pieces by Warhol.)

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Francis Becons  THREE  Studies for a Self Potrait

Speaking of money, a tiny painting of four eggs on a plate by Lucian Freud from 2002, which the artist gave as a gift to the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire in 2004, sold for nearly 10 times its low estimate. It was expected to sell for a minimum of £100,000 ($156,000), but made £989,000 ($1.54 million), as Sotheby’s proudly noted in a mid-sale press release.

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