A publicity still from the Elvis Presley movie Flaming Star (1960) was adapted by artist Andy Warhol into 22 silkscreen portraits, one of which, Double Elvis [Ferus Type], goes on the auction block this week at Sotheby’s. The print, originally displayed at Los Angeles’s Ferris Gallery in 1963, is expected to sell for anywhere between $30 million and $50 million.
Here’s a brief look at other iconic film figures that captured Warhol’s attention over the years.
Marilyn Diptych, 1962, based on a publicity still from Monroe's film Niagra (1953).
Liz #5, 1963, was one of 13 paintings the artist made of Elizabeth Taylor. It fetched $27 million shortly after the actress's death in 2011.
Judy Garland, 1979.
Mickey Mouse, 1981.