On July 1 in London, Sotheby's offers a wide selection of dollar paintings made by Warhol throughout his career, at first in the form of images of bills and later by more or less fanciful representations of the sign.
In early 1962 One Dollar Bill (silver certificate) is the gigantic cut down image of the front side of a one dollar bill. This casein and pencil on linen, 132 x 182 cm, was the first artwork made by Warhol on this theme and his only dollar painted entirely by hand. It is also contemporary with the series painted by hand of the variations on the soup cans. One Dollar Bill is estimated £ 13M, lot 24.
From March 1962 Warhol imagines the multiplication of identical images by using silk screening. The US banknote is a suitable candidate for the first works in the new technique. The monumental 200 One Dollar Bills, 203 x 234 cm, showing 200 front sides in twenty lines of ten notes each, was sold for $ 43.7M including premium by Sotheby's on 11 November 2009.
Coming back to the next sale.
The back of the 2 dollar bill is also the subject of one of the works of 1962 and the excuse for a trial of green silkscreen ink. This painting 211 x 48 cm showing twenty lines of two notes each is estimated £ 5M, lot 27.
Lot 26, estimated £ 12M, is a diptych dated 1962 and 1963 consisting of elements of same size and design as in lot 27. It is dedicated to the one dollar bill of which one of the elements of the diptych displays the front side and the other the back.
Results including premium :
Front and back dollar bills : unsold
Two dollar bills (back) unsold