Andy Warhol's "Scandinavian Beauty" sells for 1,3 Million EUR
Just moments ago, as the hammer landed, Andy Warhol's "Scandinavian Beauty" from 1977 sold for 10.3 Million SEK. With buyer's commission that comes to a total of EUR 1,3 Million EUR.
The painting, an acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, was initiated during a visit in Stockholm in 1976. The portrait is a phenomenal example of his portraits from the sixties and seventies.
The year was 1976, when Andy Warhol was in town, where he met one of the Swedish glamorous "it-girls". He began her portrait and a friendship was initiated. The picture is made with care. The composition is the typical three-quarter profile and the choice of colour is a powerful contrast between the turquoise, blue and red.
A sharp eye notices a presence that seems unusual, especially by an artist that otherwise was mostly interested in the common and shallow.
- It is an incredible portrait, and for a Warhol collector it is a piece that demands attention from the seventies.
It has everything you could wish for by a Warhol artistically and will take its place in an international Warhol collection, says head of art department Anna-Karin Pusic.
The work began in Stockholm, and continued when the artist returned to New York. The polaroids he took of the model, which can be found in the archives of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York, shows the classical beauty the model possessed.
The model has chosen to remain anonymous.
The final price, including commission is 1,3 Million EUR