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Andy Warhol’s Elvis Presley portrait could fetch $30M at Christie’s sale

UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018

A painting by Andy Warhol called ‘Double Elvis [Ferus Type]’ (1963) is displayed at Christie’s auction rooms in London, Thursday, April 5, 2018. The painting will be offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on May 17, and carries a price tag in the region of $30 million. The portraits are on display at Christie’s London showroom from Friday until April 10. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)
A painting by Andy Warhol called ‘Double Elvis [Ferus Type]’ (1963) is displayed at Christie’s auction rooms in London, Thursday, April 5, 2018. The painting will be offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on May 17, and carries a price tag in the region of $30 million. The portraits are on display at Christie’s London showroom from Friday until April 10. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)
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LONDON – An Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley – the pop artist’s only full-length portrait – is for sale with an estimated price tag of around $30 million.

“Double Elvis (Ferus Type)” depicts the hip-swiveling musician holding a revolver, as he appeared in the 1960 movie Western “Flaming Star.” A ghostly duplicate image hovers in the background.

The 1963 black-on-silver portrait is being auctioned by Christie’s in New York on May 17, alongside Warhol’s “Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.”

One of a series of mug shot images created by Warhol for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it’s also expected to fetch “in the region of $30 million,” Christie’s says.

The portraits are on display at Christie’s London showroom from Friday until Tuesday.

Christie’s contemporary art chairman Alex Rotter said the paintings – of “the King of Rock `n’ Roll and the career criminal” – are “very memorable and early examples of Warhol’s profound understanding of fame.”

The record for a Warhol work is $105 million paid for “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” at a 2013 Sotheby’s auction.

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