• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2691


    5 April 2013, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 194

    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

    "Little" Edie Beale, 1976

    Price Realised  


    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
    "Little" Edie Beale, 1976
    unique Polaroid print
    signed in ink (on the recto)
    sheet: 4 x 3 3/8in. (10.6 x 9cm.)

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    Following a brief interaction at her storied residence in East Hampton-spotlighted by the Maysles brothers in the cult-classic, Grey Gardens-"Little" Edie Bouvier Beale became enamored with Andy. After the death of her mother, "Big" Edie, in 1977, Little Edie moved to NYC to live out her dreams as a singer and dancer at nearly age 60, and Andy attended several of her performances. "I met Andy Warhol and I think he is absolutely adorable," she said during an interview, when asked if she had met anyone interesting since the film. She described going to the Factory in Union Square, with Albert Maysles in tow, in order for Andy to make her portrait with his emblematic Polaroid camera: "I don't know what he wanted to do with the pictures. I saw Elizabeth Taylor's. Did you ever see that?" The present lot was given to Edie by Andy at the end of the sitting, and according to her relatives, it remained a prized possession for the duration of her life.


    Gift from the artist;
    to "Little" Edie Beale, 1978;
    by descent to the present owner