tremendous Andy Warhol painting of a car crash may promote for over $80 million - CNN

Written by means of Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

Andy Warhol could be optimal frequent for his pop art iconography of Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao and Campbell's soup cans, but next month, a "haunting" silkscreen print of a mangled car crash can be up for sale at Sotheby's in ny. Going beneath the hammer on November sixteen throughout the public sale condominium's marquee week, it's anticipated to promote for upwards of $80 million, according to a press observation.

"White catastrophe (White automobile Crash 19 instances)" is a enormous image Warhol made in 1963 as part of his "loss of life and catastrophe" collection. on the time, Warhol had become transfixed with gruesome and morbid images — atomic bomb clouds, electric powered chairs — and the way greatly print publications reproduced them, believing that readers had become proof against their affect. Of all his work, the series most explicitly handled his fixation on human mortality.

A infrequent, colossal-scale Andy Warhol silkscreen is coming to public sale in November. credit score: Brownie Harris/Corbis ancient/Getty pictures

In "White disaster," Warhol duplicated a single photograph of an car accident 19 instances in black and white. At 12 feet tall and 6 toes vast, it's the biggest of his vehicle crash works.

"What distinguishes (the portray) isn't handiest its huge scale, which basically bewilders anybody who stands in entrance of it ... but also its palette," explained David Galperin, Sotheby's head of modern artwork in manhattan, including that Warhol repeated his image within the collection in distinctive tonalities, together with lavender and orange. "It truly appears to glow, the way that the black silk display is registered against the sharp white heritage."

"there's a power to feeling dwarfed inside this photo," mentioned David Galperin, head of modern art at Sotheby's long island. credit score: Courtesy of Sotheby's

Galperin compared the piece's scale and form to religious altarpieces, referencing Warhol's Catholic upbringing and the religious undercurrents in his work — above all how spiritual icon paintings advised his movie star pictures. Warhol labored on the "demise and catastrophe" series on the identical time that he was screenprinting his famed photographs of Monroe after her dying in 1962.

"These ideas of celeb, tragedy, repute, dying — these are the topics that occupied Warhol and that i consider that the sequence he become engaged on simultaneously, the Marilyn paintings and the "death and disaster artwork, are intricately linked," Galperin talked about.

"Silver motor vehicle Crash (Double catastrophe)" set a listing when it cracked $100 million in 2013. credit score: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty images

In 2013, a smaller work from the collection, "Silver motor vehicle Crash (Double disaster)" sold at Sotheby's for a checklist-breaking $one zero five.4 million. It reigned as Warhol's most high priced art unless final year, when a 40-inch silkscreen of Monroe shattered the record for any American artist, accomplishing $195 million.

main as much as the sale, "White disaster" will show at Sotheby's long island from November four-sixteen. It has been held in a private assortment for 25 years, and changed into prior to now owned through Heiner Friedrich, founding father of Dia paintings foundation, and art dealer Thomas Ammann, in keeping with Sotheby's. It has seemed in major exhibitions about Warhol and dad artwork extra widely at Tate Museum in London, the Museum of modern art in manhattan, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and most currently, the Walker paintings center in Minneapolis.

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