Andy Warhol’s nephew, James Warhol, is selling two early works painted by the famous pop artist in 1948.
Self-Portrait Nosepicker 1: Why Pick on Me and Living Room have never been on the market before and are expected to fetch between €528,000 and €913,000 combined, a drop in the ocean compared to his Marilyn Monroe Shot Sage Blue Marilyn portrait which is in sold in May for 187 million euros.
The custodian of the works of the pop artist, Warhol, said the paintings had been in the family for 70 years, but now it was time to sell them to “divide the profits” among Warhol’s seven heirs.
Warhola said the expressionist paintings, which are stylistically different from the artist’s most famous prints, are “completely unique”.
Painted when Warhol was only 20 years old, his self-portrait poking his finger into his nose betrays a youthful sense of experimentation and humor. It has been exhibited several times, around the world, along with Warhol’s painting of his living room in Pittsburgh.
Once these works were almost lost when the family car with the paintings inside was stolen. As fate would have it, the car was eventually found, and the paintings remained unscathed.
The pieces will be auctioned Tuesday night at Phillips House in New York.