Monday, November 14, 2011

Modern & Contemporary Prints, Bloomsbury Auctions, London

This fabulous Andy Warhol screenprint of Santa Claus (estimate: £12.000 - £15.000) could well be appearing on the Christmas list of many an art aficionado this year. it is from Warhol's 1981 "Myths" series, a portfolio of 10 screenprints, produced in an edition of 200. inspired by films and television, other images in the series (not in this sale) include the Wicked Witch of the West, Uncle Sam, Dracula, Mickey Mouse and Superman.  The last two are among the most desirable, usually achieving £80.000 - £100.000 at auction.

Andy Warhol "Santa Claus"

"Santa Claus's beard twinkles when the light catches it, an effect achieved during the printing process by applying finely crushed glass mixed with glue, known as diamond dust, to the paper," explains Alexander Hayter, International Head of Contemporary Art at Bloomsbury Auctions in London's Maddox Street.

The sale will include 300-350 lots covering British, European and American prints from c1913 to the present day with estimates starting from £1.000. Artists include Lichtenstein, Picasso, Matisse and Miro. 

Henry Moore "Sculptoral Objects"
"British artists are also well represented by the likes of Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron," Alexander Hayter says, " and there is increasing interest in Japanese artists such as Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama - the subject of an exhibition at Tate Modern next year."

Could one of them make an appearance in your stocking on Christmas morning? It all depends on whether you have been good this year, of course!

Tuesday 6th December
at 1pm precisely
Saturday 3rd December 2011 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday 4th December 2011 12.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Monday 5th December 2011 9.30 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Day of sale from 9.30 a.m.

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