TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE POP ART PAINTINGS

TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE POP ART PAINTINGS

In this post you will find the description of the Top 10 Most Expensive Pop Art Paintings. The Pop Art movement was opposed to the elitist culture. Nevertheless, it is well known for bringing popular imagery and bright colors in advertisements, comic books, celebrities. The Pop Artists work, especially those of the mid-20th century, such as Andy Warhol (who you will find dominates this list) with Roy Lichtenstein, is one of the most well-known artists worldwide.

Below you will find the top 10 most expensive pop art paintings ever sold.

10) Race Riot by Andy Warhol (in Four Parts) ($62.8 Million)

Race Riot - Andy Warhol, 1963
Race Riot – Andy Warhol, 1963

 

Race Riot is an acrylic and silkscreen painting by the American artist Andy Warhol that he executed in 1964. It fetched $62,885,000 at Christie’s in New York on 13 May 2014. If you like this picture you can buy similar but way cheaper products like the following:

9) Men in Her Life by Andy Warhol ($63.4 Million)

The Men in Her Life - Andy Warhol, 1962
The Men in Her Life – Andy Warhol, 1962

 

Men in Her Life is a 1962 painting by Andy Warhol. It is a black and white expensive pop art painting inspired by the life of Elizabeth Taylor, a seven-foot tall creation of the artist.

It represents a series of photos picturing the most important men in the life of Elizabeth Taylor, including her third husband Mike Toddand her future husband Eddie Fisher.

Phillips de Pury & Co. sold the painting for $63.4 million in 2010. The final amount surprise even the organizers, which initially had evaluated the painting at 40 million dollars. The winner’s name stayed anonymous.

 

8) Four Marlon’s by Andy Warhol ($69.6 Million)

Four Marlons - Andy Warhol, 1966
Four Marlons – Andy Warhol, 1966

Four Marlon’s is a silkscreen painting by the American artist Andy Warhol that he painted in 1966. The pre-auction was estimated to be sold around 40 million $ however even for the organizations and vast experience of Christie’s auction company archive the 69.6 Million $.

7) Green car Crash by Andy Warhol (Burning Green Car 1) ($71.7 Million)

Green Car Crash - Andy Warhol, 1963
Green Car Crash – Andy Warhol, 1963

 

Green Car Crash (another silkscreen paint) was painted in 1963 and it was privately owned for more than 30 years. When it was put up for sale (in 2007), it generated a large amount of interest.

This painting creates a new record for an Andy Warhol creation, being sold for $71.7 million, while estimation in the pre-auction was $25 million.

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6) Turquoise Marilyn by Andy Warhol ($80 Million)

Turquoise Marilyn - Andy Warhol, 1964
Turquoise Marilyn – Andy Warhol, 1964

Andy Warhol paints The Shot Marilyns in 1964. It consists of four canvases, each a square measuring 40 inches and each consisting of a painting of a Marilyn Monroe, each shot through in the forehead by a single bullet.

Warhol actually painted five colored Marilyns in 1964 with different colored backgrounds: red, orange, light blue, sage blue, and turquoise and he stored them at The Factory. Believing that she meant she wanted to photograph the paintings, Warhol agreed. Althought, the fifth painting with the turquoise background was not in the stack.

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5) Triple Elvis by Andy Warhol ($81.9 Million)

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Triple Elvis is a painting done in 1963 by the American artist Andy Warhol. The paint represents three identical black & white silkscreen images side by side of Elvis Presley. Christie’s New York auction sold this painting (same moment as Four Marlon’s) for 81.9 million $.

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4) Nurse by Roy Lichtenstein ($95.4 Million)

 

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Nurse is an oil and Magma on canvas painting by American pop art painter Roy Lichtenstein made in 1964. The depict of a comic book style was very typical of Lichtenstein.

Nurse is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold. An anonymous buyer paid on November 9, 2015, $95,4 million.

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3) Eight Elvises by Andy Warhol ($100 million)

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The picture is a 1963 silkscreen painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol of Elvis Presley. The painting is composed of eight identical, overlapping images of Elvis Presley in cowboy attire, silkscreened over a silver background.  While Warhol created 22 versions of the painting with two Elvises on it, known as Double Elvis, only one piece titled Eight Elvises was created

In 2008 a private buyer paid $100 million, making the painting the most valuable work by Andy Warhol at the time.

 

2) Silver Car Crash by Andy Warhol ($105 Million)

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This picture depicts a body twisted in the mangled interior of a silver car. Andy Warhol painted this artwork at the age of 35 (1963). It is the last serigraph of the artist that was left in private hands. In addition, this painting was part of his Death and Disaster series.

A European collector held the art masterpiece for 20 years. In November 2013, five bidders fought for the serigraph in an auction of contemporary artworks organized by Sotheby’s, bringing the price to $105 million. Actually, the winner’s name stayed anonymous. This set the highest price paid for a work of the most expensive pop art artist Andy Warhol.

In the pre-auction, the value of the painting was estimated at 60-80 Million $, however, the final price was above the expectations. However, the price broke the previous record paid for a Warhol serigraph, $100 million paid for Eight Elvises.

 

1) Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein (1962) ($165 Million)

Masterpiece - Roy Lichtenstein, 1962
Masterpiece – Roy Lichtenstein, 1962

Not only the most expensive pop artwork but one of the most expensive paintings of all time. This masterpiece also falls under the top 20 paintings ever sold!

A classic Lichtenstein painting, “Masterpiece” features his classic Ben-Day dots and a speech balloon. This paint was part of Lichtenstein’s first exhibition at Ferus Gallery in LA.

He often used the name Brad in his other works, and stated that he thought it sounded heroic and cliché. As a result, the winning bid person revealed that a hedge fund billionaire, Steve Cohen, purchased the work (January 2017).

 

 

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