London’s Prints and Multiples sale achieved a fantastic result of £3,256,700, setting a series of new auction records for works of this type by iconic artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
With over 35% of lots selling for above their high estimate, the sale attracted buyers from around the globe. Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians almost doubled its high estimate and set a new artist auction record for a set of this subject. This was closely followed by the rare cover lot, Edvard Munch’s Girl’s on the Bridge which sold for £221,000 as the first documented impression in this combination of colours. With successful result from Old Master’s through to Contemporary, this sale re-affirmed the strong position that prints and multiples carry within the art market.
The September sale of Prints & Multiples features an exciting selection covering 500 years of printmaking. A group of Rembrandt landscapes of superlative quality and a rare Jean Duvet etching from his mystical Unicorn Series lead the Old Masters. The evocative woodcuts of turn of the century Expressionism are represented by Munch’s The Girls on the Bridge and Kirchner’s Mädchenakt mit Selbstbildnis. Major Pop prints by Warhol, Lichtenstein and Haring round out the sale. Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians and Campbell’s Soup II, as well as $ (4), are some of the important sets in the sale offered alongside prints from the collection of the publisher Hermann Wünsche and a Private Slovakian Collection formed in the homeland of the Warhola family.