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What are Andy Warhol's 5 most expensive works?

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum will celebrate the 90th birthday of its pop artist namesake, shown in one of his signature $10 silver wigs, on Aug. 4.
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Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum will celebrate the 90th birthday of its pop artist namesake, shown in one of his signature $10 silver wigs, on Aug. 4.

Rembrandt. Monet. Picasso. van Gogh.

Works by masters like these have fetched millions — insane millions — from art collectors.

But Pittsburgh's own Andy Warhol is no slouch when it comes to fetching big coin for his pop art pieces.

Born Aug. 6, 1928, in humble circumstances, Andrew Warhola dropped the final "a" from his last name, called himself Andy and went on to be one of the most renowned artists of all time.

Andy Warhol's iconic images of soup cans, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and more essentially defined the pop art movement and have sold for prices rivaling the best of works.

Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, where his father Ondrej Warhola, was a construction worker, and his mother, Julia Warhola, was an embroiderer.

He went on to be an international influencer not just in art but in film, fashion, celebrity, new wave and punk music, new media and consumer culture.

Warhol is immortalized in his hometown with the seven-floor Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side.

The museum is planning Andy's 90th Birthday Party for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4, with family friendly art-making activities, demonstrations, gallery talks, a photo booth and cupcakes.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, head out to Warhol's grave in St. John Byzantine Cemetery, 1066 Connor Road, Bethel Park, for the "Figments: Conversations with Andy" art project. The event will include performances, music, birthday cake and a large Andy Warhol weather balloon launch.

Oh, by the way, in case you happen to have just over $438 million available, you can pick up Warhol's five most expensive pieces ever sold (prices not adjusted for inflation):


1. "Car Crash (Double Disaster)" — $105.4 million

Sold in 2013

 


2. "Eight Elvises" — $100 million

Sold in 2008

 


3. "Triple Elvis" — $81.9 million

Sold in 2014

 


4. "Turquoise Marilyn" — $80 million

Sold in 2007

 


5. "Green Car Crash (Green Car Burning I)" — $71.7 million

Sold in 2017

 

For more information on birthday festivities, visit warhol.org.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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