An upcoming two-day sale of Prints and Multiples at Christie’s auction house will consist of Post-War and Contemporary Prints, and a group of classic modern American prints.
The biggest highlight of the sale is Jasper Johns’ Color Numerals, a set of paintings featuring individual prints of numbers 0-9 with different multi-colored backgrounds. The paintings expected to sell between $400,000-$600,000. More of Johns’ paintings are also offered in the Post-War/Contemporary portion of the sale including his map of the United States, his alphabet series, and his Target series which is estimated at $250,000-$350,000. Other legendary artists featured in the show are Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, and Richard Diebenkorn.
The Modern Masterpieces portion of the show will offer many classic works by Picasso, with the biggest highlight being his 1962 linocut known as Nature Morte au Verre sous la Lampe, estimated at $200,000-$300,000. Marcel Dunchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. (a French acronym translating to “there is a fire down below”) is a satirical take on the Mona Lisa in which he gives the famous subject a mustache and a goatee, and is estimated between $100,000-$150,000.
The American Art portion of the show features a wide variety of etchings. These include Edward Hopper’s 1921 piece titled A Night in the Park (est. $40,000-$60,000) and two works by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, titled The Steps, Amsterdam ($60,000-$80,000), and The Embroidered Curtain ($60,000-$80,000).
The auction will be held Apr. 23rd-24th at Christie's New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza. (212) 636-2000.