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  • Provenance

    A gift from the artist to Watson Powell, Jr, 1964
    The Watson Powell Estate, Des Moines, Iowa
    Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 'Modern and Contemporary Art', 19 November 2007, lot 1122
    Aquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Known as the “King of Pop,” Andy Warhol was the leading face of the Pop Art movement in the United States 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 like Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities like 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 a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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American Man (Portrait of Watson Powell)

1964
silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer on canvas
41 x 41 cm. (16 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
Signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 64' on the upper overlap.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £92,500

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London 17 October 2013