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  • "What is the difference between Marilyn Monroe, a Campbell's Soup Can, Uncle Sam, Golda Meir, O. J. Simpson, and Mickey Mouse? Nothing, say the portraits of Andy Warhol. They are all icons of America's modern mythology of celebrity. Icons that sell...To paraphrase Joseph Campbell, mythology is the organization of metaphorical figures that connote a state of mind, that transcend their specific place or time... To paraphrase Andy Warhol's portraits, the mythology of America is celebrity, the gods and demigods are those who can sell through their mass-produced images, and the course of action we, as a culture, are called to is to consume. These portraits record an American culture transformed from hero- to celebrity-worship and the role of cultural icon as celebrity, a commodity, and a piece of commercial art that sells. Through these portraits, Warhol both documented and encouraged the collapse of separation between individual, logo and myth. The celebrity is no longer an individual, but a brand name, a logo." —Greg Metcalf ii Heroes, Myth, and Cultural Icons, from Reframing Andy Warhol: Constructing American Myths, Heroes and Cultural Icons, exh, cat., University of Maryland Art Gallery, Maryland, 1998, p. 6. 

     

    Poster for Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, 1935. Image: Everett Collection/Bridgeman Images
    Poster for Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, 1935. Image: Everett Collection/Bridgeman Images
    • Provenance

      Barrington Gallery of London, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1997

    • Literature

      Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 265

    • 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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Property from a Private German Collection

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Mickey Mouse, from Myths (F & S. 265)

1981
Screenprint in colours with diamond dust, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
S. 96.5 x 96.6 cm (37 7/8 x 38 in.)
Signed and numbered 130/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artist's proofs), published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York (with their and the artist's copyright inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

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Estimate
£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £176,400

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London Auction 21 January 2021