Andy Warhol Art Set To Fetch MillionsPosted: September 19, 2013
More than 40 artworks by Andy Warhol are to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, with the most expensive piece expected to fetch around $1m (£633,000).
The collection, From Warhol With Love, features the late pop artist’s ink-on-paper work from the 1950s.
Warhol travelled to Hong Kong in 1956, and according to Jacqueline Wachter of Sotheby’s New York the trip inspired some of the gold and butterfly themes in the exhibition.
“China was important to him, and hopefully he will be important to China,” she said.
The works going on show in Hong Kong are well known to local art collectors, gallery director Angelika Li said.
“Our collectors here are very aware, very learned about Andy Warhol and his artistic career, and his charisma, his humour, his colours and his concepts, and how he translated his own ideas through his art.”
The appetite for Warhol’s work was apparent in Hong Kong earlier this year when 400 of his pieces exhibited at the Museum Of Art attracted a quarter of a million visitors in four months.
Each of the 46 pieces in the Sotheby’s auction is thought to be worth at least $10,000 (£6,326).
The exhibition runs until September 24.