Fort Worth philanthropist Anne Marion art collection draws $157.2M in New York auction

Andy Warhol, Elvis 2 Times 1963, Silkscreen ink and silver paint on linen Estimate $20-30 million Perhaps the most famous depiction of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll by the Prince of Pop Art, Warhol’s 1963 Elvis 2 Times represents a watershed moment in twentieth-century Art History. The painting combines an investigation of the uniquely American fascination with celebrity and mass media that emerged in the 1960s with unsettling visual evocation of both violence and desire. For the compulsive movie-fan Warhol, Elvis as the reluctant gunslinger presented the zenith of subject matter: ultimate celebrity invested with ultimate power. The relevance of this work in Anne Marion’s collection is self-evident: the voice behind ‘Lonesome Cowboy’, and the star of three major Western movies, Elvis became an embodiment of the cowboy ideal. The source image for this particular work was a publicity still for his acclaimed 1960 movie Flaming Star, in which Elvis plays the character Pacer Burton, the son of a Texan father working as a rancher on the frontier. Texas was also a place that was close to the heart of the real Elvis, who spent a significant amount of time there, performing no fewer than 138 times between 1954-1977. courtesy Sotheby's
The private art collection of the late Fort Worth philanthropist and rancher Anne Windfohr Marion sold for $157.2 million (including fees) at a Sotheby’s New York auction on May 12. Clyfford Still, PH-125 (1948-No. 1) 1948, Oil on canvas Estimate $25-35 million Clyfford Still’s masterwork PH-125 (1948-No. 1) bears witness to one of the critical […]

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