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    Sale 11966

    Prints & Multiples

    21 September 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 132

    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

    Moonwalk

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    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
    Moonwalk
    the complete set of two screenprints in colours, 1987, on Lenox Museum Board, each with the artist's printed signature, numbered 153/160 in pencil (there were also 31 artist's proofs), signed and numbered in pencil verso by the executor of the Andy Warhol Estate, the publisher Ronald Feldman and the printer Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, the full sheets, the colours fresh, in very good condition, framed
    Image & Sheet 965 x 965 mm. (each)
    (2)


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    Based on a composite of two photographs taken by Neil Armstrong of Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin Jr. walking on the moon for the first time on the Apollo 11 mission, the Moonwalk screenprints were originally intended to be included in a portfolio entitled TV  that Warhol had begun to undertake before his death on February 22 1987. The portfolio was to depict well-known images from the history of television with other subjects being Martin Luther King Jr. giving his “I Have a Dream” Speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and Ed Sullivan introducing the Beatles on his television show in February 1964 amongst others. Moonwalk was the only subject from the portfolio to be printed before Warhol’s death and as such, with their bright colour schemes and iconic subject matter are among the most sought after works in his graphic oeuvre.

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    Literature

    Feldman & Schellmann II.404-405