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$20 Million Warhol of Brando

September 4, 2012

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Marlon, silkscreen ink on linen, 41 x 46¼ in. (104.2 x 117.1 cm.) Painted in 1966.
Estimate in the region of $20 million

Christie’s expects a 1966 Warhol of Marlon Brando to pull $20 million at the Post War & Contemporary Sale, November 14 in New York:

Christie’s is delighted to present Marlon, one of the most famous of Warhol’s portraits of Hollywood celebrities. Marlon, 1966 is an unforgettable image of a leather-clad Marlon Brando resting on his Triumph Thunderbird motorbike from a publicity still taken for the 1953 movie The Wild One. Executed on raw, unpainted linen, the material quality of this painting echoes the rough masculinity of the subject. Coming from the Collection of Donald L. Bryant, Jr., major art collector and generous patron to many American institutions, Marlon is silkscreened with such rare and pristine clarity that every aspect of Brando’s intensity and strength is conveyed.

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