Elizabeth Taylor

ANDY WARHOL. Liz #3 [Early Colored Liz], 1963. Estimate around $30,000,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. Liz #3 [Early Colored Liz], 1963. Estimate around $30,000,000. Photo via Sotheby's
The highlight of the highlights is the outstanding portrait of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, Liz #3. The painting is from Warhol's most important portrait series of the actress and has an estimate in the $30 M range. The rare painting is seldom available for public viewings and has never been sold at auction before.

 

Brigitte Bardot

ANDY WARHOL. Brigitte Bardot, 1974. Estimate $10,000,000 — $15,000,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. Brigitte Bardot, 1974. Estimate $10,000,000 — $15,000,000. Photo via Sotheby's

This piece was commissioned by the actress' former husband and has remained in his family's personal collection until now.

 

Jackie Kennedy

ANDY WARHOL. Jackie, 1964. Estimate $1,500,000 — $2,000,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. Jackie, 1964. Estimate $1,500,000 — $2,000,000. Photo via Sotheby's

Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy was more than just the First Lady, she established a place in the spotlight on her own merits and personality. Warhol based this painting on a photograph from 1963, taken just a few hours before JFK was assassinated in Texas.

 

Debbie Harry

ANDY WARHOL. Debbie Harry, 1980. Estimate $2,500,000 — $3,500,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. Debbie Harry, 1980. Estimate $2,500,000 — $3,500,000. Photo via Sotheby's

One of Warhol's most iconic portraits depicts Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie. A friend of Warhol's, Harry appeared in his TV shows numerous times and this portrait depicts both her personality and the celebrity lifestyle that she represents.

 

São Schlumberger

ANDY WARHOL. São Schlumberger, 1974. Estimate $2,000,000 — $3,000,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. São Schlumberger, 1974. Estimate $2,000,000 — $3,000,000. Photo via Sotheby's

Schlumberger was a patron-of-the-arts with a sparkling personality and was known for her eccentric and larger than life personality, so it is no wonder that Warhol was drawn to her. These pieces are known as the Society Portraits, and have been in the Schlumberger family's private collection since they were executed.

 

Marilyn Monroe

ANDY WARHOL. One Pink/Black Marilyn (Reversal Series), 1979-1986.Estimate $1,200,000 — $1,800,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. One Pink/Black Marilyn (Reversal Series), 1979-1986.Estimate $1,200,000 — $1,800,000. Photo via Sotheby's

The portraits of Marilyn Monroe are some of Warhol's most well-known pieces. This piece is from his Reversal series, where Warhol not only appropriated pop culture but his own work as well, which by that time had become part of the same culture from which their original subjects stemmed.

 

Judy Garland

ANDY WARHOL. Judy Garland (Multicolor), 1978. Estimate $1,000,000 — $1,500,000. Sotheby's ANDY WARHOL. Judy Garland (Multicolor), 1978. Estimate $1,000,000 — $1,500,000. Photo via Sotheby's

This painting is based off of one of Garland's headshots, taken at the peak of her career, and executed around ten years after her death. Warhol found similarities between Garland and his muse Edie Sedgewick, both glamorous women whose personal struggles were highly publicized. This portrait comes straight from Liza Minelli's personal collection.

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