The first “photo booth” self portrait that led to Andy Warhol becoming the High Priest of Pop Art, will become the center of attention at Christie’s Contemporary Art auction on May 11 in New York. They’re hoping for $20m-$30m.
The four-panel painting in various colors of blue sprung from Andy posing in a photo booth wearing his wayfarer sunglasses, peroxide hair, and blank expression that became the enigmatic expression of pop cool. It was done in the early 1960’s when Warhol was hired to paint a Detroit patron’s portrait, but she concluded nobody cared about her, he should paint himself, instead. So he did, and she bought it. Her family has owned the painting ever since.
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