$110,000-$170,000 Value Indicator
$100,000-$150,000 Value Indicator
¥540,000-¥820,000 Value Indicator
€70,000-€110,000 Value Indicator
$600,000-$890,000 Value Indicator
¥11,180,000-¥16,770,000 Value Indicator
$80,000-$110,000 Value Indicator
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Signed Print Edition of 200
H 96cm x W 96cm
Andy Warhol's The Star (F. & S. II.258) (signed), a screenprint from 1981, is estimated to be valued between £60,000 and £90,000. In the last 12 months, the average return to the seller was £48,234, with a total of 3 sales. Over the past five years, the hammer price has varied from £30,146 in June 2023 to £70,000 in September 2023. Since its first sale in December 1999, this artwork has been sold 20 times at auction, showing an average annual growth rate of 11%. This piece is part of a limited edition of 200.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|September 2023||Christie's London - United Kingdom||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
|June 2023||Martini Studio d'Arte - Italy||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
|April 2023||Sotheby's New York - United States||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
|April 2021||Sotheby's New York - United States||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
|September 2019||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
|October 2017||Christie's New York - United States||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
|April 2017||Sotheby's New York - United States||The Star (F. & S. II.258) - Signed Print|
Andy Warhol’s The Star is from his renowned Myths series from 1981, a set of 10 prints that sought to explore the creation of myths in American popular culture. This print features one of only two portraits in the Myths series that depicts a real person and not a fictional character. It shows a scarlet image of the Swedish actress Greto Garbo in her role as Mata Hari.
The Swedish actress featured in the portrait was regarded as one of the greatest actresses of all time, and was known for her melancholy, sombre persona due to the myriad of tragic roles that she played in films. Consequently, this print is the amalgamation of everything that Warhol adored – beauty, celebrity and wealth. The vivid portrait has a rich quality that marks it as a standout image within the series, notably through Warhol’s use of colour and addition of diamond dust.
The Star is based on a photograph of Garbo from the film Mata Hari from 1931, flooded with an intense red, contoured in black and her eyes coloured blue as though wearing eyeshadow. Warhol transforms the original black and white film still into an icon for the late 20th century with his dazzling use of colour and bold lines. Choosing an image where the actress confidently holds the viewer’s gaze, Warhol manipulates the photograph to make it seem as though Garbo is illuminated by a strong, red light, and the resulting image embodies the popular American myth of the femme fatale.