Warhol’s Elvis portrait could reach $30M at Christie’s sale

Left: Andy Warhol, Double Elvis [Ferus Type], 1963. Estimate in the region of $30 million. Right: Andy Warhol, Most Wanted Men, No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr., 1964. Estimate in the region of $30 million. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2018

LONDON (AP) – An Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley — the pop artist’s only full-length portrait — is headed to auction with an estimated price tag of around $30 million.

“Double Elvis (Ferus Type)” depicts the hip-swiveling musician holding a revolver, as he appeared in the 1960 movie Western “Flaming Star.” A ghostly duplicate image hovers in the background.

The 1963 black-on-silver portrait is being auctioned by Christie’s in New York on May 17, alongside Warhol’s “Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.”

One of a series of mugshot images created by Warhol for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it’s also expected to fetch “in the region of $30 million,” Christie’s says.

The portraits are currently on display at Christie’s London showroom and will remain on view there until Tuesday.

Christie’s contemporary art chairman Alex Rotter said the paintings of “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the career criminal” are “very memorable and early examples of Warhol’s profound understanding of fame.”

The record for a Warhol work is $105 million, which was paid for “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” at a 2013 Sotheby’s auction.

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