1967 Andy Warhol Lincoln Center Film Festival Poster
Appraised Value: $1,500
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GUEST: A family friend of mine had known this family that owned an art gallery, and it had gone out of business about 20 years prior, and they had put everything in this storage unit. The son had come to clean out this storage unit about ten years ago and was selling everything for half price of what the original 20-year-old price was, so I purchased it and another piece from him, out of the storage unit.
APPRAISER: Well, it is a Warhol. Most people, I think, are familiar with Warhol images. They're ubiquitous, universal images like Marilyn and Brillo boxes and the Campbell's soup cans. People might not be as familiar with an image like this. It is one of Warhol's earliest prints. It's a poster that he made for a film festival at Lincoln Center. And you can see down here, this is the publication line saying that it was commissioned by Lincoln Center. And it has two important aspects of pop art in it. The colors-- first of all, you can see they're very bright. You see that often in Warhol's work. It is a color silk screen, and also in that it uses an everyday object and makes it into art-- in this case, an oversized ticket, appropriately, for the film festival. The edition printed on paper, which you have here, is an edition of 500 copies. There were another 250 made on plastic, which Warhol signed and numbered. The edition of 500 on paper is unsigned and not numbered. How much did you buy this for?
APPRAISER: Well, I can tell you first of all, the edition you have here, printed on paper, one of 500, sells for around $1,500. The print that you find printed on plastic-- the edition of 250-- typically sells at auction for around $3,000. The edition you have here sells for around half the price. Because it's unsigned, because it's an edition of twice the size, it doesn't sell for as much at auction. But still, $1,500 for a $150 purchase-- not bad.
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