Friday, March 1, 2013

‘Online-only’ Andy Warhol sales

Among the first few ‘online-only’ Andy Warhol sales courtesy Christie’s features works of art that represent a wide variety of media encompassing the celebrated artist’s career. We take a look at the highlights of the event:
  • Estimates range from $600 to $70,000, offering both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers global access to Warhol’s work. The timed online format allows clients to browse, bid, receive instant updates by email or phone if another bid exceeds theirs, organize shipping, and pay from anywhere in the world.
  • Over the course of 2013, and throughout the ongoing partnership, Christie’s will launch a series of online-only sales of original works of art by Warhol from the Foundation’s collection, marking the first time the auction house has ever offered online-only Post-War and Contemporary art sales.
  • The week-long cybersale kicks off the second phase of Christie’s partnership with the Foundation, a multi-year initiative built on an innovative three-tiered program of live auctions, online-only auctions and private sales.
  • The inaugural Andy Warhol at Christie’s live auctions in New York on November 12, 2012 realized $17 million. Proceeds from these and all subsequent sales under the partnership will benefit the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making programs, which support artists and non-profit arts organizations.
  • Meanwhile, As homage to Andy Warhol's unprecedented legacy, the auction house reached out to some of today's most inspiring creatives asking them to answer a ‘Warholian Questionnaire’. With a few brief remarks, the guest stars speculated on what Warhol's world might be like if he were alive today.
  • The result: From Girls star Lena Dunham's prediction that he'd love Real Housewives to CEO Maxwell Ryan's faux tweet about Andy's brows, it's clear that Andy Warhol is as much of an art and culture #powerhouse today as he ever was.

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