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Format: Signed Print
Size: H 64cm x W 66cm
Edition size: 60
The value of Roy Lichtenstein’s Mermaid is estimated to be worth between £11,000 to £16,000. This lithograph, signed by the artist himself and created in 1960, has only been sold 4 times at auction, with the first sale recorded on 21st July 2011. The hammer price in the last five-year period was £10,069 on 5th May 2021. The average return to the seller is £8,559 and the artwork has shown a steady increase in value with an average annual growth rate of 3%. This artwork, primarily sold in the United States, is limited to an edition size of 60.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|April 2017||Christie's New York - United States||Mermaid - Signed Print|
|February 2017||Palm Beach Modern Auctions - United States||Mermaid - Signed Print|
|July 2011||Christie's New York - United States||Mermaid - Signed Print|
In the late 1970s, Roy Lichtenstein entered his remarkable absurdist period, inspired by the practices of Surrealism. Originating in the 1920s, surrealist artists delved into subconscious realities, stringing together peculiar types of imagery. Lichtenstein’s Surrealist series follows suit, merging disparate elements into impactful portraits.
Similar to At The Beach of the same series, Mermaid depicts an amorphous reclining female figure with a bright yellow ponytail. The shape of her body, composed entirely of red stripes, resembles a purist modern sculpture. A delicately illustrated palm tree stands guard behind her, while she drifts on open water. Sharply defined waves invade her contours, like sharks circling prey. The scene is illuminated by figurative rays of sunshine emanating from a lamp through the clouds above her head.
Mermaid’s diverse composition draws the viewer into the captivating realm of its formal mirage. Its vibrant primary colours and graphic forms perpetuate the unified vision of printed reproductions. Accordingly, this print transforms Lichtenstein’s appropriation of styles into the artist’s own polished pop aesthetic.
The print was created in conjunction with Lichtenstein's identical 1979 sculpture project for the Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts. The monumental outdoor installation is today exhibited in close proximity to the ocean.