Andy Warhol, ‘Elvis I (signed with provenance) ’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery

Historic. A very special piece of Pop Art historical ephemera. Almost impossible to find with such fine provenance. Here is an extremely rare hand signed card of Andy Warhol's "Elvis I" from 1964 - one of his most iconic works - with excellent provenance. Warhol produced a series of 22 images of Elvis, of which nine are in museum collections. The singer is shown armed and shooting from the hip, with a shadowy and faintly visible double in the background. The Elvis silkscreen was exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1963, the year it was created. The auction catalogue described the work, based on a movie publicity photo, as "the deification of a contemporary warrior-saint, the towering, pre-eminent idol bearing a deadly weapon as if protecting the mythical world of celebrity itself."
This piece has superb provenance as it was acquired from the collection of Dan Pope, longtime CBS News employee, who amassed one of the most respected private collections of artist autographs and ephemera during the 1970s and 1980s. Warhol personally signed this for Dan Pope in 1979. We have not seen another hand signed Warhol card of Elvis I - not with this fine provenance.

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Signature: Boldly signed in ink on the recto (front)

Acquired from the personal collection of respected autograph collector Dan Pope. It was mailed to Pope in a SASE on September 10th, 1979. Purchased directly from Dan Pope.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States