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.