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Complete Andy Warhol Endangered Species Portfolio up for Bid at Heritage Auctions

From Andy Warhol's Endangered Species portfolio, 1983, at Heritage Auctions

From Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species portfolio, 1983, at Heritage Auctions

A portfolio of 10 screen prints from Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species, 1983, may bring $250,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ May 22 Modern and Contemporary Art Signature® Auction in Dallas. Each signed and numbered in pencil, the portfolio is presented in a single lot and is one of eight lots featuring the Master of Pop Art, to include Ads, 1985, ($200,000+), Liz, 1967, ($5,000+) and Teddy Roosevelt, from the Cowboys and Indians portfolio, ($12,000+).

“The fine Warhols are just a few of the more than 200 lots of fresh to market paintings, sculpture and photography offered in this auction,” said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary Art at Heritage. “This is a powerful selection.”

Ed Ruscha’s Rustic Pines, 1967, ($150,000) created using gunpowder on paper makes a rare auction appearance from a private collection, as does his color screen print Double Standard, 1969, ($40,000+).  It is joined by Old Police Headquarters, New York City, 1984, by Richard Estes ($120,000+) and Mel Ramos’ oil on canvas Georgia Peach, 1964, ($80,000+).

Selected as the catalog cover lot to represent the auction’s selection comes Karl Benjamin’s #43, 1964, ($25,000+), which is offered alongside Roy Lichtenstein’s American flag-inspired Forms in Space, 1985, ($30,000+).

American sculptor Robert Longo’s Strong in Love, 1986, ($50,000+) leads a selection of fine sculptural offerings which includes Vase deux anses hautes, 1953, ($30,000+) by Pablo Picasso.

Among the modern masterpieces in the auction, the magnificent, 7-foot Cobalt Chandelier, 2003, ($60,000+) created by artist Dale Chihuly is one of a handful ever to appear at auction. The Chandelier measures 7-foot tall by 6-foot wide and is illuminated by a neon core surrounded by hundreds of Chihuly’s hand-blown glass elements.

The artwork is also externally lit. The Chandelier is offered at auction through the federal court-appointed receivership overseeing the sale of assets previously owned by R. Allen Stanford of Stanford Financial Group. Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence for orchestrating a multi-billion dollar Ponzi-scheme fraud, one of the largest in US history. The receivership is also auctioning Terrestrial Tale, a 10-piece, 42-foot-long cast bronze ($20,000+) by American modernist sculptor Terence Main.

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $850 million, and 750,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com

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