Andy Warhol’s iconic screenprint Moonwalk, 1987 – which comes directly from the private collection of the moonwalker himself, Buzz Aldrin – highlights nearly 350 artworks by luminaries such as David Park and Ed Ruscha, as well as regional artists such as David Michael Bates in Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art Auction May 30 in Dallas.
One of the last works Warhol completed before the artist passed away, Moonwalk is estimated to sell between $40,000 and $60,000. The iconic work has hung in the home of Buzz and Lois Aldrin home since 1988. This work was to be part of a series entitled “The History of TV,” highlighting images of iconic televised moments, which would have included ones of I Love Lucy and the Beatles’ famous performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. But Moonwalk was the only work ready to be printed at the time of Warhol’s death. It was one of the last of the great touchstones of 20th culture that Warhol turned into masterpieces of Contemporary art.
The auction also includes Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 1953 estimated to sell between $300,000 and $500,000, a showpiece by Marc Chagall. “Saint-Germain-des-Prés blends Chagall’s deep respect for colour and his early work in Eastern European Jewish folk culture,” said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary Art at Heritage Auctions. “It’s the type of work that will represent his entire artistic oeuvre, today and tomorrow.”
The auctions’ distinct assemblage touches every important movement in Modern & Contemporary art. New Yorkers of the 19th Century, 2001, by George Condo makes its auction debut after it was acquired directly from the artist and estimated to sell between $100,000 and $150,000. David Park’s White Faced Woman with Elbow, circa 1938-39, exemplifies the abstract expressionism that would come to define the first generation of Bay Area Figurative Movement, estimated at $80,000 to $120,000.
Giorgio de Chirico’s Manichini Coloniali, 1963, appears at Heritage after spending the last 40 years in private collections in Italy is estimated at $80,000 to $120,000. Ed Ruscha’s 99% Angel, 1% Devil, 1983, comes to auction courtesy the single owner who was gifted the work by the artist himself and is estimated at $80,000 to $120,000.
The Texas Queen, 1982, by David Michael Bate appears at auction for the first time in its history, and less than a year after Heritage set a world auction record for the Dallas artist is estimated at $70,000 to $90,000. The work represents Bates’ distinctive perspective of the physical landscape and cultural identity of the South, in this case the Texas Gulf Coast. Sugar Bowl with Carved Bird, 1988, by David Salle, is another engaging work featuring fragments of the artist’s leading influences: Neo-expressionism and filmmaking and estimated at $50,000 to $70,000.
Additional highlights of the auction include, but are not limited to:
Grapefruit Diptych, 1972, by Roy Lichtenstein (est. $60,000-$80,000).
Packed Coast (Project for West Coast 15 miles long), 1968, by Cristo (est. $30,000-$40,000).
Garbage Drawing #26, 1988, by Mike Kelly (est. $20,000-$30,000).
Unknown (Q), 1996, by Yoshimoto Nara (est. $15,000-$25,000).