Monday 24 July 2017

Iconic art by Warhol and Banksy for sale at Irish exhibition

Flying Copper, by Banksy
Flying Copper, by Banksy
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A miniature version of Andy Warhol's iconic silkscreen of screen legend Marilyn Monroe can be yours next month - if you have more than €15,000 to spare.

The 7in by 14in invitation that was signed by the artist ahead of his 1963-1981 retrospective at New York's Castelli Gallery in November 1981 is among a collection of rare works of art by renowned international artists such as Warhol and Banksy that is coming to Gormley's Fine Art in Dublin next month.

The piece is one of around 300 that were sent out at the time and is now at a guide price of €15,500.

But it pales in comparison to the €54,000 asking price for another of Warhol's iconic images from his Factory studio heyday in the early 1960s when his 'Liz 7' lithograph of Liz Taylor was first created. It too will feature in the exhibition alongside works by British street artist Banksy, Damien Hirst and Brooklyn street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the exhibition which opens for three weeks on March 2.

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Invitation
Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Invitation

Along with being a rare chance to view some of the world's most recognised contemporary artists in Dublin, instead of London or New York, the collection will also appeal to those seeking to invest in "blue chip investment art" said gallery co-owner Gerard Gormley.

In these times of political and economic uncertainty, art was seen as a good investment, he said.

Irish Independent

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