Andy Warhol - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle Hong Kong Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | Phillips
  • Excerpt from The Andy Warhol Diaries edited by Pat Hackett and published by Warner Books, New York, in 1991, detailing the circumstances behind the present work’s conception.


    Andy Warhol and Sam Bolton, who was Warhol’s good friend and worked as an assistant to the president of Andy Warhol Enterprises at The Factory’s 33rd Street location in New York


    Monday, April 21, 1986 – New York


    Sam [Bolton] didn’t call. Paige [Powell] didn’t call.


    Cabbed to 33rd and Fifth ($6) and then the party problems started. I was planning to have a surprise birthday party for Sam, but then Paige had already organised one, but Paige wasn’t talking to me. I called her at Interview and she said, “I’m working, I can’t talk.” I said, “Paige, it’s me.” And she said “Yes, well, I’m very busy!”. And so she was mad at me, but I knew she was mad at me before we went to Europe because she gave me the camera, and now Paige without a camera just isn’t herself, there’s no more darting around and being hysterical. And this went on all afternoon, and then Jean Michel [Basquiat] called me and came over and Page came in while we were sitting together, and that was tense, and then she said that she would set up the dinner for Sam’s birthday at Odeon but that she wouldn’t be going to it, and she left work early. And then somebody at the office talked to Page and told me what was wrong and we straightened everything out – she was mad that I didn’t call all the time I was over in Europe, since she always calls me when she’s on vacation, and also because she said I led her on right up until the last minute, letting her think I would make it okay with Fred that she could go on the Paris trip and then instead we took Chris. Fred just didn’t want the extra work – it’s so easy to dump Chris at a hotel and with Paige it would’ve meant finding her a nice hotel and then picking her up and having dinner and seeing advertisers, and all that. And Fred was so grouchy on this trip and I told him he was and he said, “I’m old enough to be rotten if I want.”…


    So anyway, Paige and I sort of made up and so it was over, it was interesting. It’s weird that Paige would get so emotional about me. And then I had to be creative to think of birthday presents for Sam during the fight with Paige. I stuck money in that grandmother-type birthday card, and I did a canvas that had dollars pasted onto it and then I remembered they even make those sheets of money, but this you can just rip money off when you need it, like for tips. i


     i Andy Warhol, quoted in Pat Hackett, ed., The Andy Warhol Diaries, New York, 1991, pp. 736-737


    • Provenance

      Collection of Sam Bolton, USA
      Private Collection, Japan
      Sotheby’s, New York, 11 May 2006, lot 324
      Private Collection, Europe
      Sotheby’s, London, 1 July 2015, lot 30
      Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

    • Literature

      Pat Hackett, ed., The Andy Warhol Diaries, New York, 1991, p. 737

    • Artist Biography

      Andy Warhol

      American • 1928 - 1987

      Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

      Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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Dollar Bills

signed, dedicated and dated 'April 21-86 Sam, Happy Birthday Andy Warhol' on the overlap
dollar bill collage on primed canvas
35.6 x 35.6 cm. (14 x 14 in.)
Executed in 1986, this work is stamped with the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board stamp under archive number A101.056.

Full Cataloguing

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$567,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle

Hong Kong Auction 30 November 2022