Eight Elvises by Andy Warhol

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Eight Elvises by Andy Warhol

Painting NameEight Elvises
Painter NameAndy Warhol
Completion Date1963
Size200 cm × 370 cm (6.5 ft × 12 ft)
TechniqueSilkscreen
MaterialCanvas
Current LocationPrivate collection

Andy Warhol, the pop master, has used big names like Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Superman, Popaye, Dick Tracy, Batman, and even consumer products like Campbell soup and Coca-Cola. He used their readymade photographs to create a new kind of art-piece out of them. He tried to include every famous subject in his art in his time.

Such big name was “The King”, Elvis Presley. The represented art-work is a publicity still taken from Elvis’s movie Flaming Star. There are total of eight overlapping images of the same still on the large canvas. It is a silkscreen painting produced in 1963.

This is the first painting which brought in $100 million for an Andy Warhol work when it was sold in 2008. The price is recently suppressed by Warhol’s another 1963 work Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) for $105 million in November 2013.

The painting made him one of the painters whose single work has made more than $100 million at the selling time.

 

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