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.
The condition report for this lot has now been amended, following conservation, and reads as follows:
With full margins (a deckle at lower sheet edge), occasional areas of very light rubbing and very minor traces of surface soiling, a few minute fox marks (mainly verso), framed. ('A133' inscribed in pencil at the lower edge of sheet recto, occasional stray fibres in the image).
This trial proof is not unique. Another impression in this colour combination, bearing the dedication, 'For Juliet', remained part of the artist's estate prior to being offered at auction at Sotheby's London in the Man Ray Sale in 1995.
Please note that the the portfolio is lacking the original slipcase.
Please note this work is signed in silver ink, dated, numbered 5/10
Please note that this lot will be sold under the Auctioneer's Margin scheme and VAT will not be charged on the hammer price
There has been a minor change to the condition report, it now reads as follows: With full margins, with fresh colours, in good condition apart from a small dent at lower left sheet (away from the image), unframed.
The correct edition number of this lot is 1/250.
The date in the printed catalogue is incorrect. The date of this print is 1978.
The catalogue image should be rotated 90 degrees clockwise, so that the work is shown as a vertical.
This lot is on handmade Indian paper, contained loose (as issued) in the original cardboard portfolio.
This lot should have a double dagger symbol in the printed catalogue. The item will be sold under the 'Temporary Admission Arrangement' and import VAT will be charged at 5% on the hammer price, although in appropriate circumstances the VAT may be cancelled or refunded. Please refer to the printed catalogue for further VAT information.
This print is signed in green felt-tip pen by Mick Jagger (not black felt-tip pen as is catalogued)
Please note that the prints in this Lot will be sold framed