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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

    Global icon Mohammed Ali was ahead of the curve and larger than life. He looms large in Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art auction which runs until October 27.   A portfolio of four screenprints of Ali by Andy Warhol is, at €200,000-€300,000, the most expensively estimated lot in the sale.Long before Black Lives Matter, when Mississippi was burning, Ali embarked on a search for a more just society. His questioning, talented and interesting character made him a fascinating study for a portrait. Warhol conveys a strong sense of his persona using face, arms and clenched fists.  Ali was 37 at the time, an icon of the game. One of the portraits shows him looking down, as if in humility.In a note to the catalogue Peter Murray, the former Crawford Gallery curator, recounts how in 1977 Warhol was commissioned by Richard Weisman to paint silkscreen portraits of ten famous athletes. The resulting prints, titled Athletes, are among the artist’s best-known works.  Warhol took polaroid photographs of the boxer in fighting poses and at rest. The resulting images transferred to canvas using acrylic and silkscreen ink transformed into art that was instantly popular amongst art collectors and the public. The paintings were produced in a limited edition of eight, while the subsequent print edition, of which this is one, was limited to one hundred and fifty. 
    It is just one of a number of treasures, Irish and international, in an auction of 179 lots. Harry Kernoff’s treatment of a landscape in Connemara (€20,000-€30,000) could not be more different than the paintings of Paul Henry. Banksy’s Morons (Sepia) from 2007 is a send up of the art auction business estimated at €20,000-€30,000.  Sean Scully’s 9.2.89 has an estimate of €80,000-€120,000 and Hughie O’Donoghue’s Red Earth VI (1995) (€30,000-€50,000) is positively scorching. An original gouache by Bridget Riley is estimated at €100,000-€150,000 while a 2019 papercut portfolio by Ai Weiwei has an estimate of €14,000-€18,000.  This is a serious sale, which will be of huge interest to collectors in Ireland and abroad.  Through viewings in London and New York in pre-pandemic times Morgan O’Driscoll has built up a following for his major sales that has a long international reach.  In the process he has given Irish art and artists a welcome shot in the arm.


    Thursday, July 9th, 2020

    Cow (FS II.12A) by Andy Warhol, one of around 100 signed copies of a 1979 screenprint, features at Gormleys online auction in Belfast on July 21. The estimate is €9,000-€13,000. There are works by leading Irish artists like James Humbert Craig, Charles McAuley, Markey Robinson, and Neil Shawcross. The Loop, Cushendun, a stunning lakeside scene by Craig, is estimated at €3,200-€4,200.

    Andy Warhol, Cow (FS II.12A), signed screenprint on wallpaper. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 14,000


    Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

    As collectors spend more time online enjoying, learning about, and buying the art and objects they love, Christie’s has significantly expanded its online-only sale offerings across numerous collecting categories, including new themed sales of contemporary art. Among the sales launching globally across the company in April and May are Andy Warhol: Better Days, a fundraising auction to help provide emergency relief to artists throughout the U.S. and HANDPICKED: 100 Works Selected by the Saatchi Gallery.

    Christie’s will open a new batch of online-only sales for bidding on a weekly basis, with each timed auction ranging from 14 to 21 days. The number of sales planned for the second quarter will continue to grow, leveraging the remote sale administration capabilities of Christie’s teams in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong.

    Newly scheduled sales span 20th Century art, Asian Art, Decorative Arts, Photography, Science and Natural History, as well as Jewels, Watches, and Handbags. In 2019, Christies attracted over 13.3 million visitors worldwide and 41% of new buyers came in through online sales.

    Andy Warhol, Ocean View, 1975 / Andy Warhol and Henry Geldzahler, 1979 / unique Polaroid prints


    Monday, April 13th, 2020

    TATE MODERN is closed. But here is a film of the Andy Warhol exhibition that would have been available to see there in more normal times. Enjoy.


    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

    A rare complete set of Beethoven screenprints by Andy Warhol comes up at Sotheby’s sale of prints and multiples in London on March 19. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Warhol spared no effort in transforming the idealised and iconic portrait of the composer by Karl Stieler, into the rock star persona portrayed within this set of four screenprints. Created shortly before Warhol’s death in 1987 they are estimated at £200,000-300,000.


    Monday, January 27th, 2020

    Andy Warhol’s ‘Athletes’, ten multicoloured portraits of athletes, is highlighted by Muhammad Ali (1977) come up at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary art evening auction in London on February 12. From the collection of Richard L. Weisman Ali is estimated at £3-5 million. The seminal series is presented alongside Flowers (1964) (£1-1.5 million) which is offered as part of ‘Art for Future: Selected Works from the UniCredit Group’. The sale will include Warhol’s  Knives (1982) and Brillo Soap Pads Box (1964) originally held in the collection of Leo Castelli.

    The Post War and Contemporary art day auction takes place on February 13 and and online only sale will open for bidding from February 7-18.

    Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1977 . UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £4.9 MILLION


    Thursday, November 7th, 2019

    The most expensively estimated lots at the James Adam Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin on November 19 are all artworks. Linear Access by Mark Francis has an estimate of 15,000-25,000; Mother and Child (screenprint) by Andy Warhol; Mayo Series, Approaching Storm by Patrick Graham; Exposed Painting, Pewter by Callum Innes and Piccadilly by Albert Irvin are all estimated at 10,000-15,000. The evening auction of 158 lots Italian and Danish design furniture, Murano glass and a variety of collectibles.

    MARK FRANCIS (b.1962)
    Linear Axis. UPDATE: THIS MADE 31,000 AT HAMMER


    Friday, October 18th, 2019

    With an arresting catalogue of Irish and International art Morgan O’Driscoll’s evening sale in Dublin on October 21 goes on view at the RDS from today. On the international side the 160 lot catalogue includes work by Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell, Georges Braque, Bridget Riley and others. The top Irish lots are The Derelict Ship by Jack Yeats and Seated Woman in a Red Dress by Roderic O’Conor. Each one carries an estimate of 150,000-250,000. The catalogue is online.

    JACK BUTLER YEATS (1871-1957) The Derelict Ship (1946) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

    Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, Mel Ramos and many other leading artists from the collection of Richard L Weisman will be offered through major sales at Christie’s in New York this autumn. This selection of paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculpture was assembled by a passionate collector throughout his lifetime. Featuring important images of American icons and iconography by some of the 20th century’s greatest Pop artists, the collection includes seminal works by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Peter Beard who all became friends of the colorful collector. Additional works by Norman Rockwell, Tom Wesselmann, Alberto Giacometti, and Roy Lichtenstein highlight Weisman’s diverse and unique aesthetic. His collection is expected to exceed $15 million.

    Andy Warhol – Jack Nicklaus CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019


    Sunday, September 15th, 2019

    Many major names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hone and Basil Blackshaw and international artists like Andy Warhol and Raoul Dufy feature in Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and international art at the RDS in Dublin on September 16. A 1946 oil by Yeats depicting an elemental night time scene at sea entitled Hope is, at 150,000-180,000, the most expensively estimated lot.  A selection of Yeats’s drawings include The Lottery 1913, an ink and watercolour (8,000-10,000).An image of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy was first shown at ROSC ’80 and is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  A selection of his Tain prints are guided at 1,500-2,000.  A tapestry by the artist Cuchulainn mounting his Chariot from 1969 is estimated at 20,000-30,000. Woman with Red Hair by May Guinness dates from her time in Paris studying with Andre Lhote (6,000-8,000).  There are watercolours by Percy French and works by Fr. Jack Hanlon, Charlotte McCausland, George Russell and Nathaniel Hone from an earlier era.A Park Corner by the French artist Raoul Dufy (20,000-30,000) was purchased in Paris in 1963 by Charles Bewley, the “Irish Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary” in Berlin from 1933 to 1939.  Andy Warhol’s Space Fruit (Cantaloupes) marks a shift in his interests from the commercial images of the 1960s to art historical subjects and is estimated at 10,000-15,000.Woman with Birds by Colin Middleton (20,000-30,000) depicts a subject central to the artist throughout his career.  Tree by Basil Blackshaw has an estimate of 15,000-20,000 and there is work by Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan, Brian Maguire, Michael Kane, Kenneth Webb, Cecil Maguire and William Scott as well as sculpture by John Behan, Rory Breslin and Anthony Scott.  The sale will include the Butler Gallery Benefit Auction of contemporary art.

    Hope by Jack Butler Yeats UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
    Space Fruit Cantaloupes by Andy Warhol  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER