Prints and Multiples

20th/21st Century Fall Auctions



London, New York and Online | September – October 2021

This autumn, Christie’s takes you on a journey spanning centuries of printmaking. Discover the breadth of this fascinating medium from the 19th century to the present day over a live auction in New York and two curated online-only sales.

Starting the season is our single owner sale, A Graphic Dialogue: Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf. Live in New York on 15 September and online from 2–16 September, offering more than 350 prints from one of the most significant collections of Prints and Multiples in the United States. The single-owner collection comprises important works in print from every decade of the 20th century, including a rare impression of Cy Twombly’s Untitled I, a major selection of German Expressionist prints, Robert Rauschenberg’s Booster, significant holdings of Cubist prints by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, and American Pop Art highlights, such as Andy Warhol Marilyn and early prints by Roy Lichtenstein. 

In London our season will begin with our online auction of Banksy: I can’t believe you moron actually buy this sh*t. Bidding opens 9–23 September, this selection is led by the rare Girl with Balloon (Colour AP - Gold) and features some of the artist’s best-known and coveted screen prints including a signed impression of Rude Copper. From 16–28 September, Christie’s London presents Prints & Multiples online sale, with works stretching across the most important art movements of the past two centuries. Highlights include the complete set of Pablo Picasso’s Dix Pochoirs, Edvard Munch’s On the Bridge, from the post-war period a rare set of Cretti by Italian polymaterialist Alberto Burri, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamp representing iconic American Pop Art screen prints, and works by German Abstract master Gerhard Richter.

With estimates beginning at only £500, the Picasso Ceramics online-only auction features artworks for both emerging and seasoned collectors alike. Discover ceramics that exude Pablo Picasso’s celebrated joie de vivre, expressed through the artist’s characteristically energetic colours and playful forms. We invite you to explore Picasso’s vibrant and whimsical creations online and in our galleries. Highlights are on view from 10–22 September.

The Prints & Multiples New York live auction on 21-22 October showcases works by the biggest names in art, from Picasso, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec to Warhol, Haring and Hockney.



Highlights

  • Andy Warhol (1928–1987)

    Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) : one print

    screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1967, signed in pencil on the reverse, stamp-numbered 154/250 (there were also 26 artist's proofs lettered A-Z)
    Estimate
    $150,000-250,000
    Related sale
    A Graphic Dialogue: The Collection of Lois B. Torf, New York, 15 September

  • Cy Twombly (1928–2011)

    Untitled I

    aquatint, on J Green English handmade paper, 1967, initialed and dated in pencil, numbered 'AP 4-5' (an artist's proof, the edition was nineteen)
    Estimate
    $150,000-200,000
    Related sale
    A Graphic Dialogue: The Collection of Lois B. Torf, New York, 15 September

  • Max Beckmann (1844–1950)

    Selbstbildnis mit stiefem Hut

    drypoint, on laid paper watermark Roemerturm 'Antique', 1921, signed in pencil, a particularly rich, smoky impression of Hofmaier's third state (of four) printing with selective plate tone, presumably an unrecorded proof of the third state not listed in Hofmaier (Hofmaier cites nine such impressions), with margins, in generally good condition, framed
    Estimate
    $40,000-60,000
    Related sale
    A Graphic Dialogue: The Collection of Lois B. Torf, New York, 15 September

  • BANKSY

    Girl with Balloon - Colour AP (Gold)

    screenprint in black and gold, 2004
    a rare variant with a gold balloon, signed in pencil, numbered AP 14, one of 88 artist's proofs comprised of different colour variants
    Estimate
    £800,000-1,200,000
    Related sale
    Banksy: I can't believe you morons actually buy this sh*t, London, 9-23 September

  • Andy Warhol (1928–1987)

    Queen Elizabeth II, from: Reigning Queens

    screenprint in colours, 1985, on Lenox Museum Board, signed in pencil, inscribed AP 9/10, an artist's proof aside from the edition of forty, published by George C.P. Mulder, Amsterdam, with the artist's copyright stamp on the reverse

    Image & Sheet: 1000 x 800 mm.
    Estimate
    £100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, London, 16-28 September

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Taureau (A.R. 255)

    stamped, marked and numbered ‘Edition Picasso / Madoura Plein Feu / Edition Picasso / 86/100 / Madoura ’ (underneath)
    white earthenware ceramic pitcher, partially engraved, with coloured engobe
    Height: 11 ½ in. (29.2 cm.)
    Conceived on 29 March 1955 and executed in a numbered edition of 100
    Estimate
    £60,000-80,000
    Related sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September

  • BANKSY

    Rude Copper

    screenprint in black, 2003
    signed and dated in black ink, stamped with the BANKSY tag in red ink, numbered 247/250 in pencil (only a few impressions from the total edition of 250 were signed)
    Estimate
    £100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    Banksy: I can't believe you morons actually buy this sh*t, London, 9-23 September

  • Robert Indiana (1928–2018)

    Book of Love

    the complete set of twelve screenprints and twelve poems with embossing in colours, 1996, on A.N.W. Creswood Museum Edition paper, with title/justification page, each print signed, dated and numbered in pencil, eleven poems initialled and numbered, one unsigned and unnumbered, additionally signed by the publisher on the justification, copy 100 of 200 (there were also fifteen artist's proof copies and fifty copies in Roman numerals), published by American Image Edition, New York, 1997, the sheets loose (as issued), with the original black-lettered cardboard portfolio with pencil numbering on the front

    Image: 462 x 456 mm.
    Sheet: 610 x 508 mm. (and similar) 660 x 533 mm. (portfolio)
    Estimate
    £60,000-80,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, London, 16-28 September

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Tarasque (A.R. 247)

    marked and numbered 'Edition Picasso / 23/50' (underneath)
    white earthenware ceramic pitcher, partially engraved, with coloured engobe and partial glaze
    Height: 13 ½ in. (34.3 cm.)
    Length: 12 ½ in. (32 cm.)
    Conceived in 1954 and executed in a numbered edition of 50
    Estimate
    £50,000-80,000
    Related sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September

  • BANKSY

    Bomb Hugger (Bomb Love)

    screenprint in colours, 2004
    signed, from the edition of 150
    (there was also an unsigned edition of 600)
    Estimate
    £70,000-100,000
    Related sale
    Banksy: I can't believe you morons actually buy this sh*t, London, 9-23 September

  • Christopher Wool (b. 1955)

    My House I, II, and III

    the complete series of three screenprints in colours, 2000, on 335 gsm matt custom art paper, each signed and dated in pencil, numbered respectively 34/100, 100/100 and 86/100, published by Counter Editions, London

    Image: 990 x 737 mm. (each)
    Sheet: 1014 x 760 mm. (each)
    Estimate
    £40,000-60,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, London, 16-28 September

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Femme (A.R. 301)

    stamped, marked and numbered 'Edition Picasso / Madoura Plein Feu / Edition Picasso / 87/200' (underneath)
    partially glazed and engraved ceramic pitcher
    Height: 12¼ in. (31.1 cm.)
    Conceived in 1955 and executed in a numbered edition of 200
    Estimate
    £6,000-8,000
    Related sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September

  • BANKSY

    Laugh Now

    screenprint in colours, 2003
    numbered from the edition of 600
    (there was also a signed edition of 150)
    Estimate
    £50,000-70,000
    Related sale
    Banksy: I can't believe you morons actually buy this sh*t, London, 9-23 September

  • Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)

    Uran (Uranium)

    silver gelatin print, 1989, on photo paper, scratch-signed and dated, numbered 33/50 (there were also six prints numbered in Roman numerals), published by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

    Image & Sheet: 999 x 700 mm.
    Estimate
    £15,000-20,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, London, 16-28 September

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Visage no. 157 (A.R. 489)

    marked and numbered 'Edition Picasso / Madoura / N° 157 / 37/150' (underneath)
    white earthenware ceramic plate with coloured engobe and glaze
    Diameter: 9 ¾ in. (24.9 cm.)
    Conceived in 1963 and executed in a numbered edition of 150
    Estimate
    £6,000-8,000
    Related sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September

  • Donald Judd (1928–1944)

    Untitled

    The complete set of three woodblocks on sugar pine, 1998. Each signed and stamped from the edition of 20 on the reverse

    each: 14½ x 19½ x 2 in.
    Estimate
    $120,000–180,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, New York, 20 October

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