This Andy Warhol Piece Was a Big Find on Craigslist
Andy Warhol lovers won’t believe this story.
Page Six reports that a woman paid $200 for a couch and a box of random things on Craigslist and, when she got home, then discovered a lost painting from the lauded out artist.
The artwork is, rather incredibly, signed on the back and numbered by the Warhol Foundation, according to New York Post’s Page Six. That’s important because, as New Republic points out, there’s been “much controversy over the authentication of Warhol’s work in the last decade.” In other words, this woman scored quite the bargain.
The piece is now up for auction on Paddle8 through February 10. The top bid is presently at $65,000 because it’s, for starters, a Warhol, and also because it’s part of his 1977 “Torsos” series of nudes. In this case, Warhol painted a close up of rather well endowed man.
Here’s how the artwork is described in the auction:
“In 1977 Andy Warhol conceived of the 'Torsos' series, a group of works inspired by both the high art tradition of the classical nude and the ancient history of erotic art. This original silkscreen on canvas reveals the sensual forms of the male pelvis and hips in washes of pink, green, and aqua blue. Marrying a critical interest in sexuality, identity, and the human body with Warhol’s trademark silkscreening technique, ‘Torso’ is a unique emblem from the Pop master’s oeuvre. This work will be considered for inclusion in volume five of the Andy Warhol catalogue raisonné.”