Andy Warhol's portrayal of the glamorous Jackie Kennedy starred at Christie's day sale in London yesterday (June 28).
The auction was held as a follow-up to the record-breaking Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale, which saw Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled achieve the highest price ever paid for the artist at auction.
However, Warhol provided the biggest draw yesterday, with three of his works highlighting the auction's top sales. 1964's Jackie, one of many prints of the First Lady created by Warhol, topped the bill at £589,250.
Similarly, Warhol's Mao - which brought the auction's second highest bids - beat its £450,000 low estimate to achieve a final realisation of £475,250, while a characteristic depiction of Surrealist artist, Man Ray, sold for $313,250 - over double its pre-sale estimate.
Meanwhile, over at Philips de Pury & Company's Contemporary Art sale, which also took place in London yesterday, Warhol's work enjoyed further success spurred by the addition of Basquiat's inimitable style.
Olympics 1984, one of several collaborations between the pair, sold 125.3% above its high estimate of £3m to bring an impressive £6.7m. More Basquiat success came from Irony of a Negro Policeman, which starred as top lot of the Philips de Pury & Company sale at £8.1m.
Warhol's classic prints almost always see strong results when they appear at auction, with the $37m seen by his Double Elvis in May at Sotheby's as the most notable recent sale. In May 2011, his Sixteen Jackies sold for $20.2m, also at Sotheby's.
We are pleased to be able to offer collectors the most iconic Andy Warhol collectible available, his trademark black polo neck jumper, which is selling at an excellent price.
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