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Format: Unsigned Print
Size: H 23cm x W 15cm
Edition size: 190
Andy Warhol's Cats Named Sam IV 67 (unsigned), a lithograph from 1954, is estimated to be worth £3,550 to £5,500. This artwork has been sold at auction six times since its first sale in March 2004. Over the last five years, the hammer price has been consistent at £2,987, showing an average annual growth rate of 6%. In the last 12 months, it has been sold once. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 190.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|June 2017||Wright - United States||Cats Named Sam IV 67 - Unsigned Print|
|May 2017||Van Ham Fine Art Auctions - Germany||Cats Named Sam IV 67 - Unsigned Print|
|October 2011||Ketterer Kunst Hamburg - Germany||Cats Named Sam IV 67 - Unsigned Print|
|October 2007||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Cats Named Sam IV 67 - Unsigned Print|
|March 2004||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Cats Named Sam IV 67 - Unsigned Print|
Printed in 1954, Cats Named Sam IV 67 is an offset lithograph by Andy Warhol that encapsulates the beginning of Warhol’s career as a Pop artist. This print depicts a dynamic cat in a crouching position rendered in bright yellow against a plain backdrop. The cat’s arched back is accentuated by the black ink lines, achieved through Warhol’s signature blotted line technique which he developed in many of his commercial illustrations while working as a freelance commercial illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s.
Moving from commercials to cats, Cats Named Sam IV 67 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol in 1954 to accompany the children’s book he published, 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy, which was inspired by his mother, Julia, who was living with him at the time in his apartment on East 57th Street in New York. Julia had 25 cats, all of whom were called Sam (except one). The cat’s name, Sam, is in fact written by Julia in elegant calligraphy below that cat in the centre of the composition.
This print captures Warhol’s playful use of colour which has come to characterise his prints. Each print in the Cats Named Sam series has a unique colour composition and was hand coloured by Warhol or his friends.