Andy Warhol, (1928-1987), Skulls. 5,000,000—7,000,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.
Sotheby's will follow its record-breaking series of Contemporary Art sales in recent years with its October Contemporary Art sale. The event is scheduled to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair. The sale opens on the 20th of October and will include a selection of Andy Warhol’s iconic Skulls series (est. £5,000,000-£7,000,000). The Skulls series is known for its striking commentary on death and mortality. Sotheby’s senior international specialist Oliver Barker said, “The optimism and vitality of the colours only serve to underline the transience of life pitted against the omnipotence of death. Warhol’s point – ever concise and brilliantly pithy – is that even death, the nemesis of humankind, becomes mere lurid mundanity when perceived through repetition and familiarity.”