• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 8 October 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Prints and Multiples | New York | October 2018

(from left to right) HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954), Jazz, Tériade, Paris, 1947, the complete set of 20 ponchoirs in colors, $300,000-500,000. ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987), Myths, the complete set of ten screenprints in colors, 1981, $450,000-650,000. DAVID HOCKNEY (B.1937), Afternoon Swimming, lithograph in colors, 1979, $60,000-80,000.

New York – Christie’s is pleased to announce the three-day sale of Prints and Multiples taking place over four sessions on October 23-25. This sale includes over 350 lots spanning the 20th to 21st centuries and includes modern works by Marcel Duchamp, Edvard Munch, and Henri Matisse—to  Post-War and Contemporary editions by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and David Hockney among others. This auction features several notable private collections including The Collection of Brad Gray, The Estate of Jacqueline Miller Matisse, The Collection of Joan A. Mendell and the Elton John Aids Foundation.

The sale is led by a complete set of Andy Warhol’s (1928-1987) Myths (estimate: $450,000-650,000). This set of ten screenprints from 1981 features some of Warhol’s most sought after late iconography with portraits of mythical figures such as Santa Claus, Superman and Mickey Mouse. Other Post-War and contemporary editions include Roy Lichtenstein’s (1923-1997) Reflection on Girl, from Reflections (estimate: $150,000-200,000) Cy Twombly’s Untitled from On the Bowery (estimate: $80,000 – 120,000) and David Hockney’s Afternoon Swimming ($60,000 – 80,000).

A highlight in modern session is Marcel Duchamp’s (1887-1968) De ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La boîte en valise, series F) from The Estate of Jaquelyn Miller Matisse (estimate:  $400,000-600,000). La boîte or Duchamp’s ‘Portable Museum’ was a portable kunstkabinett of ‘approximately all the things I produced’ that preoccupied Duchamp for much of the 1930s. The original boîte consisted of sixty-eight miniature replicas of his most recent works. This set contains 80 replicas and reproductions in the original box with provenance tracing back to the artist himself.

Additional modern highlights include Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) Torse de femme (L'Egyptienne) (estimate: $100,000-150,000), an aquatint portrait of Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s lover and muse from 1943-1953 and a complete set of Henri Matisse’s late masterwork Jazz (estimate: $300,000 – 500,000), a complete set of 20 pochoirs in colors from 1947. This particular example is signed and dedicated by the artist to Alexina (Teeny) Duchamp.

The last lot in the sale is Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy a generative Adversarial Network (GAN) print produced by Obvious, an artistic collective based in Paris, using artificial intelligence. For more information on this work read Is artificial intelligence set to become art’s next medium?

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