Warhol works bring top prices at auction

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 17 2001 11:00 PM ET

Two works by the late gay artist Andy Warhol brought the top prices at a Christie’s sale of postwar (1945–1970) art on Wednesday, reports The New York Times. A 1964 silkscreen from Warhol’s “Large Flowers” series went for the most, at $8.4 million. It measures 82 by 164 inches and depicts two flowers, one pink and one red. It was one of only four executed on so large a scale and the last to still be in private hands. The next highest price was paid for the 1962 piece Orange Marilyn. Warhol works were also put on the block at Sotheby’s, where the 1962 work Group of Five Campbell’s Soup Cans went for $3.7 million on Tuesday.