Heads up, art connoisseurs! If you wish to lay your hands on a rare Lichtenstein painting, then here’s your chance to do so! In one of its upcoming sales, auction house – Sotheby’s is all set to bring under the hammer the maverick’s “White Brushstroke I (1965)” painting for an estimated price of $30 million USD! Yes, that’s right!
Part of the New York contemporary evening sale, the artwork is one of the few remaining in private hands and is rightly touted as a preserved gem of the art world. Commenting on it, David Galperin, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auctions in New York, said: “White Brushstroke I is an icon of Pop Art, capturing in a single painting the rupture that this movement invoked in an entire generation of postwar picture-making. The stark drama of its singular dynamic gesture, set against Lichtenstein’s trademark bright blue Ben-Day dots, positions this work as the ultimate embodiment of his Brushstroke series…..With its cool, mechanical precision and stunning conceptual depth, Lichtenstein here ushers in the dawn of the Pop Art era. This is Pop at its most profound core.”
The exclusive painting belongs to a series of 15 canvases that Lichtenstein completed between 1964 and 1965. Sotheby’s will also offer “Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus” by Francis Bacon alongside the “White Brushstroke I (1965)” at the New York contemporary evening sale which will take place on June 29.