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Warhol could fetch $85 million at auction | WORLD News

An iconic portrait of Elvis Presley by pop artist Andy Warhol is poised to fetch as much as $70 million (NZD$85) million when it hits the auction block in May, Sotheby’s said today.

The life-size painting, Double Elvis (Ferus Type) from 1963, epitomises Warhol’s obsessions with fame, stardom and the public image, according to Sotheby’s.

Estimated to sell for $40 million to $70 million, it will be included in the auction house‘s May 9 sale of post-war and contemporary art.

“The silver background of Double Elvis (Ferus Type), along with the subtle variations in tone give the serial imagery a sense of rhythmic variation that recalls the artist’s masterpiece, 200 One Dollar Bills completed the previous year,” Sotheby’s said in a statement.

That work soared to nearly $53 million or four times its estimate in 2009, when the art market was reeling from the financial crisis that struck in 2008. It was the highlight of the season, and achieved the highest price of any work at the fall auctions.

In the Double Elvis work, Presley is dressed as a cowboy, shooting a gun. Sotheby’s described him in the work “a Hollywood icon of the sixties rather than the rebellious singer who shook the world of music in the sixties.”

The double in the title refers to a shadowy image of Presley in the same pose that appears next to him in the work.

via Warhol could fetch $85 million at auction | WORLD News.

Strange Random Andy Warhol Quote:

I read an article on me once that described my machine-method of silk-screen copying and painting:
‘What a bold and audacious solution, what depths of the man are revealed in this solution!’
What does that mean?

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Even better than the real thing?

The Cavern Club is a rock and roll club at 10 ...

Liverpool's Cavern Club

It seems that tribute bands are all the rage at the moment, either because the real ones can’t play live (anymore)  or they won’t come to where you live. Add to this the nostalgia trip of seeing and hearing Sinatra, Elvis or Pink Floyd in 2010 and it’s a very attractive offer.

Here are three videos (of thousands, perhaps), of bands covering The Beatles:

1. from a Korean comedy show named ‘Infinity Challenge’ (무한도전 Mu-han-do-jun) – thanks to user beatlejo1 at YouTube for that information – an unnamed cover band having a bit of fun ;-)

2. from Japan, the Beatrips – Look out for “George” who is the real star here on vocals and lead guitar and also notice how “Ringo” finally got a haircut and a shave. Live at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

3. Last but not least, from Australia, the Beatnix, with a look at how Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven might have sounded if it had been written in 1963.

Strange Random Beatle Quote:

“Try to see it my way, only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong. While you see it your way, there’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long. We can work it out.”

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