Having an exotic portrait of legends such as Muhammad Ali or Chris Evert hanging on our living room wall doesn’t sound as bad! And providing us an opportunity to grab the best of those is Christie’s which is all set to sell Andy Warhol’s iconic pieces from the ‘Athletes’ collection.
Offered from the collection of Richard L. Weisman, the ensemble includes 10 multicolored portraits of athletes—each measuring 40-by-40 inches. The most sought-after piece in the lot is of “The Greatest,” boxer Muhammad Ali which is expected to sell for an estimated price between US$3.9 million and US$6.5 million.
Other legendary works on offer include – portraits of soccer star Pelé, tennis star Chris Evert, basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, baseball player Tom Seaver, football player O.J. Simpson, golfer Jack Nicklaus, hockey player Rod Gilbert, jockey Willie Shoemaker, and ice skater Dorothy Hamill( each estimated to sell between $250,000 to $350,000).
The ‘Athletes’ series, known as one of Warhol’s best, was completed from 1977 to 1979. Commenting further on it, Sara Friedlander, Christie’s head of postwar and contemporary art, said – “Recognizing the growing commercialization of sports, it is through this series that Weisman challenged Warhol to embrace the changing nature of fame as athletes and sports stars rose to take center stage in American popular culture.”
Andy Warhol’s ‘Athletes’ collection will be auctioned at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sale on February 12.