Prints & Multiples Evening Sale

Prints & Multiples Evening Sale

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 54. ANDY WARHOL | MOONWALK (SEE F. & S. IIB.404-405).


Auction Closed

April 29, 11:13 PM GMT


150,000 - 250,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from a Private Collection, New England


1928 - 1987

MOONWALK (SEE F. & S. IIB.404-405)

Screenprint in a unique color combination, 1987, with the printed signature and inscribed 'TP 34/66' in pencil, a trial proof aside from the numbered edition of 160 plus 31 artist's proofs, signed in pencil on the verso by the executor of the Andy Warhol Estate, Frederick Hughes, the printer, Rupert Jasen Smith, and the publisher, Ronald Feldman, on Lenox Museum Board, with the blindstamps of the printer and publisher, framed

sheet: 964 by 964 mm 38 by 38 in

Warhol’s Moonwalk prints are among the last works that the artist created before his death in February 1987. Intended as part of a portfolio entitled TV that would depict important images from the history of television in America and include subjects such as I Love Lucy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Moonwalk was the only composition from the series that was printed.

Despite the portfolio’s focus on the influence of television, the photographic basis of the work is not a still from the live broadcast of the first moments on the moon, but rather an image that never appeared on TV. Warhol combined two separate photographs of Buzz Aldrin and the American flag, both NASA stills taken by Neil Armstrong, to create the screenprint. The resulting composition is an iconic element of Warhol’s printmaking that illustrates not only the lasting impact of the moon landing but also the artist’s own profound effect on American visual culture.