Warhol nephew auctions two early works by pop art visionary

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US artist and illustrator James Warhola stands next to his uncle Andy Warhol’s ‘Nosepicker 1: Why Pick on Me’ and ‘Living Room’ on November 10, 2022 at Phillips Auction House in New York. (Photo: AFP)
NEW YORK, United States — Two early Andy Warhol paintings were sold at auction in New York on Tuesday by the family of the pop art visionary, the first in a series of little-known works that will reach the art market, his nephew told AFP.اضافة اعلان

The 1948 self-portrait “Nosepicker 1: Why Pick on Me” went for $491,400 including fees, while “Living Room”, also from 1948, sold for $315,000 at a sale organized by New York’s Phillips.

“This is early work. He’s mostly known for his silkscreens but we’re very happy with sending these works out into the world,” said artist James Warhola, the 67-year-old son of Warhol’s older brother.

“They’re gonna make some collector very happy,” said Warhola, who put the works up for auction.

The works date back to when Warhol, the son of a working-class family of Eastern European immigrants, was a 20-year-old art student in his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before he left to try his luck in New York.

First working as an advertising artist, he broke through in the 1950s and then rose to fame in the 1960s, thanks to unique works exploring consumer society, advertising, and the notion of celebrity. The platinum-and-silver-wigged pop artist died in 1987.

Both paintings had almost been lost. At the end of the 1970s, the Warhola family had their car stolen, with the two works inside.

The car was eventually recovered with the paintings unscathed, the Phillips auction house said.

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