Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali (Signed) ’, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali (Signed) ’, Alpha 137 Gallery

This work is a hand signed Andy Warhol poster of Muhammad Ali. Fine provenance as it was acquired from the Estate of Vitas Gerulaitis, the 1970s tennis champion (known as the "Lithuanian Lion") who died tragically at the age of 40 in a fluke accident in the Hamptons. Extremely rare when hand signed; especially with such provenance. Well, actually, we have never seen another of these hand signed - anywhere, at any price - and we've been scouring the world marketplace incessantly for more than a decade.

Signature: Boldly signed in marker on lower recto.

Estate of Vitas Gerulaitis

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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York