Andy Warhol, the most famous of the pop artists, was the biggest seller at the Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury modern art auctions this season. However, it was another artist that “won” the postwar and modern art auction at Christie’s on Wednesday.
Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 “Ohhh…Alright…” sold for $38 million (more if you include Christie’s fees), a price about even with the estimated $40 million. Warhol’s 1962 “Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable)” sold well below the estimated $30 to $50 million at $23.8 million.
The Warhol’s sale has an interesting story. The seller, one Barney Ebsworth of Seattle, was selling the painting to help finance a church designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.