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France eyes Warhol's $35 million Lady Liberty

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 - 01:06

Oct. 18 - Andy Warhol's ''Statue of Liberty'' goes on display in Paris before returning to New York to be auctioned for an estimated 35 million U.S. dollars. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Parisians don't have to go to New York to see the Statue of Liberty. Christie's has loaned Andy Warhol's iconic painting for an exhibit, as part of France's Contemporary Art Fair. But the silkscreen painting will be heading back to New York soon, where the auction house estimates it will sell for $35 million U.S. dollars. (21,703,500 £, 26,743,500 Euros). Christie's Edmond Francey said the price tag reflects that it's one of Warhol's truly unique pieces of art. (SOUNDBITE) Edmond Francey, Christie's post-war art specialist, saying (English): "In the '60s, the cinema tried some experimentation with 3-D and Warhol wanted to use this effect for a small series, and this painting is part of this series." This painting was the prelude to his 'Death and Disaster' series of the 1960's, thought to show the darker side of the American Dream. Statue of Liberty and other works will go under the gavel at Christie's in New York on November 14.

France eyes Warhol's $35 million Lady Liberty

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 - 01:06

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