First Look: Prints & Multiples Online

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This Spring, Sotheby’s Prints department presents Prints & Multiples Online, an accessible selection of works from top artists, including Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Bidding will begin on 17 March, but be sure to stop by our New York headquarters from 6–31 March to view the full selection of works on offer. Click ahead to discover ten must-see lots from the auction.

Prints & Multiples Online
17–31 March | Online

First Look: Prints & Multiples Online

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Jockey (D. 279, ADR. 345, W. 308), 1899. Estimate $8,000–12,000.
    Horses and horseracing fascinated Toulouse-Lautrec throughout his life. Lautrec’s use of foreshortening to portray the speed and power of the horse was innovative, making Le Jockey an extremely important image within the history of art.  

  • Banksy, Love is in the Air. Estimate $15,000–25,000.
    Love is in the Air is one of Banksy’s more recognisable images. Originally painted on a wall in Jerusalem using his distinctive stencil approach, Banksy portrays a man, who appears to be in a violent street riot. But instead of carrying a weapon, he holds a bouquet of flowers, symbolising peace and hope in the face of violence and destruction.  

  • Andy Warhol, Cow (F. & S. II.12), 1971. Estimate $15,000–25,000.
    Cow, one of Warhol’s first print projects, was printed on wallpaper and used to decorate the walls of an exhibition held at Leo Castelli Gallery, making the entire room a work of art.  

  • Keith Haring, Flowers I, 1990. Estimate $7,000–10,000.
    The bold colours and strong lines of this print present a composition that is both calming and chaotic – quintessential elements of Haring’s work.  

  • Roy Lichtenstein, Bull III (C. 118), 1973. Estimate $10,000–15,000.
    Lichtenstein made Bull III in 1973 as part of the “Bull Profile” series, which illustrated the progression of an image from representation to abstraction, a theme he explored in both his paintings and prints during the early 1970s.  

  • Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.140), 1975. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    Andy Warhol met Mick Jagger in 1963 and was commissioned by the Rolling Stones to design the album cover for Sticky Fingers. Made over a decade later at the height of both the artist’s and singer’s careers, the portfolio exemplifies Warhol’s obsession with celebrity icons. The prints were based on photographs taken by Warhol himself, a departure from his earlier portraits that appropriated “public” images, such as his Mao and Marilyn sets. 

  • Damien Hirst, For the Love of God, 2011. Estimate $4,000–6,000.
    According to the artist, the title for this series comes from something his mother used to say: “For the love of God, what are you going to do next!” One of his most widely recognised works, Hirst’s momento mori, encrusted with diamonds, simultaneously disguises death while also glorifying it. 

  • Robert Indiana, Chosen Love, 1995. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” imagery is based on the concept that the word is a viable subject for art. A theme he explored in prints, painting and most famously in sculpture, Robert Indiana has been called “the man who invented love.” LOVE was such an important motif for the artist that he adapted it to media outside the traditional conception of art, such as a postage stamp, or here, as a rug.   

  • Joan Miró, Escalade vers la lune (D. 496), 1969. Estimate $12,000–18,000.
    Joan Miró was a prolific printmaker, from his very early Surrealist images to his bolder and more mature styles. Escalade vers la lune, made in 1969, encapsulates Miró’s characteristic use of dynamic, biomorphic forms, scribbled mark-making and vibrant use of colour.  

  • Sol LeWitt, Maquette for Project (Wall Project, Chicago Illinois, 1983. Estimate $8,000–12,000.
    Sol Lewitt is quoted as saying, “In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work… the execution is a perfunctory affair.” This work was created as a maquette for Lewitt’s wall relief “Lines in Four Directions” in Chicago.   

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