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Warhol, Picasso and Lichtenstein lead Sotheby’s print sale

Sotheby’s has announced highlights of its forthcoming Prints and Multiples sale in New York, featuring notable works by the likes of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein.
The New York sale will feature more than 280 works, from the late 19th century to contemporary prints, with prices ranging from under $1,000 up to $600,000.

Leading the sale is Picasso’s Portrait de jeune fille, d’après Cranach Le Jeune, a linocut dating from 1958 offered with an estimate of $400,000-$600,000.

The work is one of several Picasso prints offer in New York, with other top examples including Portrait de Jacqueline from 1959; Grande Tête de Jacqueline au Chapeau, executed in 1962; and Tête de Femme, also from 1962, all of which come with estimates of $80,000-$120,000.

Notable works by Pop Art icons Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein will also cross the block, with one of the sale’s most valuable lots – Lichtenstein’s 1994 relief print Nude with Blue Hair – priced at $300,000-$500,000.

Bidders will have the chance to acquire two rare, complete Warhol portfolios, Cowboys and Indians and Details of Renaissance Paintings. The former, executed in 1896, features ten prints and an estimate of $225,000-$325,000, whilst the latter, printed in 1984, features four depictions of Sandro Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus and is valued at $180,000-$240,000.

The sale also features Warhol’s 1980 screenprint Shoes, executed using diamond dust, which he gifted to his long-time friend, luxury linens company owner Athos Pratesi. The prints will be sold from The Pratesi Collection with proceeds benefitting a future Pratesi Family Charitable foundation, with an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.

Further notable lots will include a rare copy of Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. Shaved, his famous cultural sideswipe at the Mona Lisa, estimated at $30,000-$40,000; a complete portfolio of Jasper Johns’ 1968 Black Numeral Series, estimated at $120,000-$180,000; and a set of four untitled screenprints by Jean-Michel Basquiat, produced by the artist’s estate in 2001, valued at $100,000-$150,000.

The Sotheby’s Prints & Multiples auction takes place on April 20-21.

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