At one time, acquiring a Lichtenstein indicated a moment of arrival. Well, Lichtenstein’s work White Brushstroke I is going under the gavel at Sotheby’s, where it’s expected to sell for $30 million.
The pop artist’s works have been dramatically increasing in value, with many now owned by museums. This particular work dates to 1965. Its subject is set against a field of Lichtenstein’s Ben-Day dots; it appears to resonate with trapped energy, and represents both a parody of and homage to abstract expressionism.
The auction at Sotheby’s New York—the Contemporary Evening Sale—is scheduled for the week of June 29. Other works to be offered for sale include a triptych by Francis Bacon and selected pieces from the collection of Hunk and Moo Anderson.
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