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More than 40 works by Andy Warhol went on display in Hong Kong on Thursday for a sale aimed at introducing Chinese collectors to the American pop artist known for his Mao portraits.
The selling exhibition organised by Sotheby’s gallery arm features earlier lesser well-known works by Warhol before he found fame with his colourful images of the former Chinese leader and Campbell’s soup cans.
The works, primarily on paper, are valued at between US$15,000 (RM49,000) and US$1mil (RM3.3mil), with Ten One Dollar Bills being the most expensive piece.
Other pieces from the artist’s travels in Asia during the 1950s include a ballpoint pen sketch of a Hong Kong street scene, views of Bangkok, a drawing of a gold leaf shoe and a folding screen with colourful butterflies painted on it.
”We’ve really been seeing both in our private sales and in our auction sales that China is becoming a very big part of our business,” said Jacqueline Wachter, a contemporary art specialist at Sotheby’s.
The city got a taste of Warhol earlier this year when the Hong Kong Museum of Art held a popular exhibition of some of his most famous works, including Marilyn Monroe and Mao, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors. The appetite for art is increasing with Hong Kong acting as a central hub for showcasing international artists.
The selling exhibition, titled From Warhol, With Love will be open to the public until Sept 24.
Hong Kong also hosted its inaugural edition of Art Basel, an international premier art fair, earlier this year. – Relaxnews
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