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Biography

Cultural icon and father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, both for his prints and celebrity status. Known as much for his life as his art, his name is synonymous with the celebrity culture and mass consumerism which came to define the American Dream.

Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by Andy Warhol

Shot Sage Blue Marilyn © Andy Warhol 1964

1. £157.9M for Andy Warhol's Shot Sage Blue Marilyn

In May 2022, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn (1964), sold for US$195 million (£158 million) at Christie’s New York, making it the most expensive piece of 20th-century art ever sold.

A testament to the level of fame and popularity that Warhol still weilds today, this work is one of his most immediately recognisable. The timeless Marilyn Monroe stares out at us in all her Pop-saturated glory, coy and indescernible expression radiating that sense of effortless celebrity which Warhol was so drawn to.

The fact that this screenprint was one of five that were quite literally 'shot' by revolver-weilding performance artist Dorothy Podmer in 1964 only adds to its notoriety, despite having since been repaired.

Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) © Andy Warhol, 1963

2. £66.2M for Andy Warhol's Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)

Taken from his Death and Disaster series, another top price realised for Warhol at auction was achieved for Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) at Sotheby’s in 2013. An undeniably powerful work, this monumental painting bears witness to the circumstances of disaster and reflects on the long tradition of history painting in art from Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa to Picasso’s Guernica.

Here Warhol transforms a tragic scene, repeating it over and over again until it resembles frames from a film or animation, its black and white surface turned silvery for posterity. The work was made in 1963, a seminal – and somewhat melancholic – year for Warhol in which he also produced Suicides, Race Riots and Silver Electric Chair.

Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) by Andy Warhol

Triple Elvis [Ferus Type] © Andy Warhol 1963

3. £51.6M for Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis

Having turned Marilyn Monroe’s iconic features into innumerable silkscreen prints it was only natural that Warhol should take Elvis as his subject in this 1963 painting. Repeating the figure of the King in his dynamic cowboy stance as he draws his gun, Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) takes on a cinematic quality that elevates the star’s image from pop icon to demigod. At the same time, the background colour recalls the silver screen of Hollywood as well as the baroque ornaments of the Catholic church Warhol grew up in, surrounded by painted icons to be venerated and reproduced for the masses.

Sixty Last Suppers by Andy Warhol

Sixty Last Suppers © Andy Warhol 1986