A set of Andy Wahol’s screen prints of trucks will lead Christie’s online sale of prints and multiples in September, with a presale estimate of between £50,000 and £70,000 (US$69,000 and US$97,000).
The set of cargo trucks by the American Pop artist being offered from the archive of the German Federal Road Haulage Association, includes four prints in different color combinations, with backgrounds in yellow, blue, red, and black.
Warhol (1928-87), famous for his depictions of everyday objects and images, such as soup cans, washing powder boxes, and advertising posters, was commissioned by the association in 1985 to create a truck series for the 20th World Congress of the International Road Transport Union in Frankfurt in 1986.
A screen print is made with ink forced through a mesh screen, or blocking stencil, onto a surface, a process often used in advertising.
Warhol’s trucks series were printed in an edition of 60 impressions of each background respectively, a small number of proofs (first prints of each edition), and 15 hors-commerce impressions, given to the co-publisher, German art dealer Hermann Wünsche, Christie’s said.
Wünsche was one of the first gallerists to bring Warhol’s work to Germany. In 1976, he arranged for Warhol to make a portrait of Willy Brandt, Germany’s first Social-Democratic Chancellor after the war.
The set will be on public exhibition at Christie’s headquarters in London and available for bidding online from Sept. 17-28.
Christie’s online auction of prints and multiples will also feature the rare complete set of Pablo Picasso’s Dix Pochoirs, Edvard Munch’s On the Bridge, and a selection of Henri Matisse graphics from the estate of Jacquelyn Miller Matisse.
Additionally, the online auction will include some other American Pop Art screen prints from the second half of the 20th century, including Robert Indiana’s Book of Love and Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamp.