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Return of the King: Warhol’s Elvis portrait could fetch $30M at Christie’s sale

Associated Press | ByAssociated Press, London
Apr 06, 2018 12:01 PM IST

‘Double Elvis (Ferus Type)’ depicts the legendary musician in a pose from his 1960 Western movie, Flaming Star.

An Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley - the artist’s only full-length portrait - is for sale with an estimated price tag of $30 million.

A painting by Andy Warhol called 'Double Elvis [Ferus Type]' (1963) is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London.(AP)
A painting by Andy Warhol called 'Double Elvis [Ferus Type]' (1963) is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London.(AP)

‘Double Elvis (Ferus Type)’ depicts the hip-swiveling musician holding a revolver, as he appeared in the 1960 Western Flaming Star.

Paintings by Andy Warhol called 'Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.' (1964), left, and 'Double Elvis [Ferus Type]' (1963) are displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London. (AP)
Paintings by Andy Warhol called 'Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.' (1964), left, and 'Double Elvis [Ferus Type]' (1963) are displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London. (AP)

The 1963 black-on-silver portrait is being auctioned by Christie’s in New York on May 17, alongside Warhol’s ‘Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.’ One of a series of mug shot images created by Warhol for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it’s also expected to fetch $30 million.

The portraits are on display at Christie’s London showroom from Friday until April10. Christie’s contemporary art chairman Alex Rotter says the paintings are “very memorable and early examples of Warhol’s profound understanding of fame.”

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