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Christie’s puts Warhol art under hammer for gay pride month

Christie’s puts Warhol art under hammer for gay pride month

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International auctioneers Christie’s is selling rare original Andy Warhol artworks for Pride month through an online auction starting today.

The over 200 photographs, prints and drawings for sale focus on the male nude and ‘offer insight into Warhol’s most exclusive and intimate world’ said a statement from Christie’s and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Christie’s said that most of these works have not been seen in public before and that with opening bids starting at $800 ‘it is possible for collectors and Warhol enthusiasts at all levels to participate’.

The sale has been deliberately designed to coincide with June’s international LGBT Pride month ‘in homage to the Pride movement, of which Warhol was an early and active supporter’, said the statement.

‘In 1984, Andy participated in New York’s Gay Day parade (as they called it then),’ said Joel Wachs president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. ‘He took photos, and the pride they displayed then is the pride which we feel today,’

Marc Porter, chair of Christie’s Americas, said that this selection of images displays ‘Warhol’s fearlessness in both exploring and celebrating a gay identity that was emerging in late 20th century New York’.

The bidding for works starts today (Thursday 13 June) at 10am US Eastern Daylight Time and finishes on Thursday 27 June.

Watch a video promoting in the auction here: