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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Andy Warhol

A self-portrait by the late 'pope of pop' Andy Warhol sold for a record S$44million (USD32.5 million) at Sothey's in New York on May 12 2010. It reminded me of a S.T. Dupont that was released in 2004 paying tribute to the "Price of Pop Art".

Andy Warhol is one the most famous artist of the 20th century and a pillar of comptempory art. He is one of the rare artists to achieve legendary status during his own lifetime.

In the early 1960, Warhol began to incorporate Pop Art into his work. His drawing and painting depicted dollars, Campbell's soup can, bottles of Coca Cola and Heinz tomato ketchup, comic strips, etc. In was a instead hit, and made him a popular figure. In no time, he soon become known as the "Price of Pop Art".
In 1962, Andy Warhol adopted a new technique which become his trademark, marking the begining of a new period in the history of art: silk-screen printed photographs reproduced on canvas and painted in very bright colours.

While this S.T. Dupont pen doesn't reproduced the painting. On the pen cap, it is engraved with one of the many Andy's quote "In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes".
In 1964, Andy produced Elvis and Marilyn portrait using his trademark technique. This Limited Edition is limited to 1964 pieces worldwide, the year which Warhol produced Elvis and Marilyn portait.

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