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  • Provenance

    Gift of the artist to the present owner.

  • Literature

    see Mary Lee Corlett 35

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sandwich and Soda is one of Lichtenstein’s first Pop prints and the first print he made on a surface other than paper. This proof, depicted in the actual size, is a miniaturized version of the final edition included in the iconic X + X (Ten Works by Ten Painters) portfolio in 1964. This proof is hand-signed by the artist, whereas, the impressions included in the X + X portfolio are historically unsigned.

    Roy Lichtenstein’s Sandwich and Soda comes from the collection of architect and art collector Hanford Yang. Yang was an early friend and collector of Lichtenstein’s work (as well as other artists), and he designed Lichtenstein’s studio in East Hampton. A selection of Yang’s collection was shown at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in 1968 called, Art of the 60’s: Selections from the Collection of Hanford Yang.

  • Artist Biography

    Roy Lichtenstein

    One of the most influential and innovative American artists of the post-war period, Roy Lichtenstein ushered in the prominence of Pop Art through his high-impact representations of consumer imagery, common entertainment, and the accoutrements of contemporary life rendered in the Ben-Day dots of contemporary comic strips. Central to Lichtenstein’s practice was parody, which enabled the artist to engage with often-disparaged commercial source imagery from an ironic distance as he considered the nature of the banal and probed the boundaries of what fine art could be.


    While Lichtenstein’s early Pop work cemented his status as one of the main figures of one of the most iconic and original movements of postmodernism, he continued to develop his practice over the course of the following decades until his death in 1997. Retaining his characteristic comic style and ironic distance, Lichtenstein engaged new and disparate influences from Abstract Expressionism to Chinese landscape painting to evolve the subject of his own work and consider the contradictions of representation, style, and substance. Lichtenstein is a central figure in the 20th century art historical canon and accordingly his work is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Property from the Collection of Hanford Yang


Sandwich and Soda, for Ten Works by Ten Painters portfolio

Screenprint in colors, on clear plastic, with full margins.
I. 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (11.4 x 14 cm)
S. 5 x 6 in. (12.7 x 15.2 cm)

Signed in black ink, (the regular edition was 500 and with larger dimensions), an unnumbered unique test proof for the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, unframed.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $16,250

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020