Warhol portrait of Elvis from 1963 to feature in Contemporary art evening sale

NEW YORK, NY.- On 9 May 2012 Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale will include Double Elvis [Ferus Type] by Andy Warhol, a painting that epitomizes the artist’s obsessions with fame, stardom, and the public image. The 1963 work is a seminal piece from the iconic series devoted to the singer and actor that was first seen at the Ferus gallery in Los Angeles that same year. It is estimated to fetch $30/50 million and will be exhibited in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and London prior to the sale. The celebrities of Warhol’s portraits – Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Elvis Presley among others – were presented as glamorous and powerful icons whose image was imprinted on the public consciousness. The silver background of Double Elvis [Ferus Type], along with the subtle variations in tone give the serial imagery a sense of rhythmic variation that recalls the artist’s masterpiece 200 One Dollar Bills compl