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Biography

A key pillar of the Pop Art movement Roy Lichtenstein redefined Contemporary art with his signature comic-book and advertisement inspired style. His distinctive artistic style, inspired by comic books, advertising and consumerism in post-war America, remains powerfully relevant today.

Nurse by Roy Lichtenstein

Nurse © Roy Lichtenstein 1964

1. £63.4M for Roy Lichtenstein's Nurse

Featuring Lichtenstein’s iconic bold colours, Ben-Day dots and comic-book theme, Nurse set the world auction record for the artist when it sold in Christie’s The Artist’s Muse auction in New York on 9 November 2015. Painted in 1964 – at the height of Lichtenstein’s career – Nurse was first bought by the advertising executive Leon Kraushar, who assembled one of the greatest collections of Pop Art ever known, before it was acquired industrialist Karl Ströher, whose family owned the Wella haircare brand.

Woman With Flowered Hat by Roy Lichtenstein

Woman With Flowered Hat © Roy Lichtenstein 1963

2. £36.7M for Roy Lichtenstein's Woman With Flowered Hat

Between 1962–63, Lichtenstein created four paintings inspired by the works of Pablo PicassoWoman With Flowered Hat was the last in this series. Unlike the Picasso version, however, Lichtenstein changed the woman’s hair from brown to blonde. “The Picasso is converted to my pseudo-cartoon style and takes on a character of its own,” the artist had said. The work sold at Christie’s in New York on 15 May 2013 in a bidding battle lasting almost six minutes.

Nude With Joyous Painting by Roy Lichtenstein

Nude With Joyous Painting © Roy Lichtenstein 1994

3. £36.6M for Roy Lichtenstein's Nude With Joyous Painting

On 10 July 2020, Lichtenstein’s Nude With Joyous Painting established its place in the artist’s top three works at auction when it became the most expensive lot in Christie’s ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century.

Bids came in from New York, Hong Kong and over the telephone, with the work finally selling after 10 minutes of intense bidding. The painting, created in the last years of Lichtenstein’s life, is considered the most important work in the artist’s last, great series of nudes. Even artist Jeff Koons agreed that “the later women paintings and nudes that Roy did are just absolutely gorgeous”.

Sleeping Girl by Roy Lichtenstein

Sleeping Girl © Roy Lichtenstein 1964