• Pricy Lichtenstein

    Date posted: April 4, 2011 Author: jolanta

    Lichtenstein Drawing Acquired for $10 Expected to Achieve over $1,000,000 at Christie’s

    Roy Lichtenstein’s “Drawing for a Kiss V.” The 6 by 6 inch graphite and wax drawing will be auctioned May 11, 2011. AP Photo/Christie’s Images Ltd 2011.

    By: Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP).- The invitation to a 1960s “happening” was intriguing: Pay $10 to enter a lottery for the chance to get a key to a Penn Station locker containing artwork.

    For one New Yorker who attended the 1965 event, the key revealed a Roy Lichtenstein drawing that Christie’s auction house estimates will fetch around $1 million at its May 11 auction.

    “Kiss V” is a study for one of Lichtenstein’s major paintings of the same name, which is in a private collection and belongs to his dream-girl series created between 1961 and 1965. Measuring 6 inches by 6 inches, the study is a comic book-inspired close-up of a man and woman, executed in graphite and wax crayon.

    The artist, who died in 1997, was famous for his cartoon-inspired style that helped launch — along with Andy Warhol, Jasper John and others — the pop art movement.

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