Andy Warhol’s self-portrait to fetch $40m at NY auction

April 22nd, 2011 - 6:06 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 22 (ANI): A self-portrait of American pop artist Andy Warhol completed shortly before his death is expected to fetch up to 40 million dollars at a New York auction next month.

The self-portrait, painted in 1986, was among the last to be exhibited before he died after routine surgery aged 58.

The red-on-black piece, measuring nearly 3m per side, is considered a landmark work by singer.

Of the large self-portraits Warhol painted in 1986, the other six are all in museums or in collections.

“It is a rare event that a work of this grandeur and stature comes to market,” BBC quoted said Amy Cappellazzo of Christie’s as saying.

“With all the other examples in museums, it will be the last chance that buyers will have to bid on a work that shifted art history,” she said.

The painting goes on sale on 11 May. (ANI)

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