Andy Warhol’s Last Great Masterpiece to Be Sold at Christie’s New York on May 11

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NEW YORK, NY.- Andy Warhol’s last great Self-Portrait, 1986, will headline the Post-War and Contemporary Auction season in New York at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening sale on May 11, 2011. An art-historical landmark, the monumental painting is poignantly underscored with the theme of a fleeting lifetime, and is estimated to realize from $30,000,000 to $40,000,000. The painting is executed in the artist’s signature Pop Red— a color in which he rendered his most famous image of Marilyn Monroe, as well as his greatest Death and Disaster Painting, Red Explosion (Atomic Bomb), 1963. This powerful and contemplative painting is one of the largest self-portraits ever attempted by the artist, and was one of two giant works that were first exhibited in London in a seminal exhibition of new self-portraits at