A previously unseen Andy Warhol piece believed to be worth up to EUR 600,000 is set to go under the hammer in Paris.
An art collection of nearly 300 pieces belonging to a late friend of Andy Warhol’s is to go under the hammer at the Artcurial auction house in Paris and will include a previously unseen work by the pop art legend.
The art collection belonging to late American collector and gallery owner Robert William Burke, who died in 2020, is set to go up for auction on 25th October, the Parisian auction house Artcurial said in a statement on Tuesday, 30th August.
Artcurial said: “On 25th October, Artcurial will be selling the unique collection of Robert William Burke (1948-2020), an American collector and gallery owner who was closely associated with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Gilbert & George.
“His friendships and his taste for art gave rise to a collection of close to 300 works spanning several centuries of art history.”
Artcurial said that the works of art are from Burke’s flat in Paris. They added: “An American by birth, he chose to settle in Paris where he meticulously preserved the collection he had painstakingly accumulated over the course of his career and through his artistic friendships.”
The Parisian auction house said that the collection includes contemporary art, photography, prints and books by Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George, Cy Twombly, Sol Lewitt, Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Sarkis, Christopher Makos, Michel Comte, David Seidner, Robert Demachy, Cecil Beaton, and Horst P. Horst. as well as “primitive arts, archaeology and Oriental arts, old paintings and Asian art.”
The Warhol piece is a “previously unseen silkscreen ink on canvas” called ‘Warren’ (1962) and has been estimated to be worth between EUR 400,000 and EUR 600,000 (GBP 343,650 and GBP 515,460; USD 401,500 and USD 602,200).
The auction house also said that two other pieces by Andy Warhol will be up for auction. One is called ‘This Side Up’ (1962) and has been valued at between EUR 200,000 and EUR 400,000 (GBP 171,800 and GBP 343,650; USD 200,800 and USD 401,480).
The third piece is called ‘VIP Tickets – Studio 54’ (1978) and has been estimated at between EUR 80,000 and EUR 120,000 (GBP 68,700 and GBP GBP 103,000; USD 80,300 and USD 120,500).
The auction house said: “All three works are signed gifts from Warhol to his friend, Robert William Burke. Also offered for auction is a rare example of a parchment covered wooden column floor lamp by Jacques Adnet, formerly located in Warhol’s Paris flat, estimated at EUR 40,000 to EUR 60,000” (GBP 34,350 and GBP 51,500; USD 40,150 and USD 60,230).
Stephane Aubert, the Auctioneer and Associate Director at Artcurial, said: “This unique collection reflects the history of Robert William Burke’s close friendships with some of the greatest artists of the 1960s and 1970s: Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Gilbert & Georges…”