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RELEASE: WARHOL’S LAST Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car Version, 1954), 1986, THE DAIMLER ART COLLECTION

Post-War and Art, Evening Sale

12 2013

New York — is delighted to present a masterwork the Daimler Art Collection: Andy Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car Version, 1954), executed in This monumental work of fourteen feet tall was for the Daimler Art Collection on the occasion of the centenary in 1986. Realized the year as the celebrated spectral “ Wig” Self-Portrait, also over the black void of the this vast and vibrant ranks among the most in Warhol’s late oeuvre. the last decade of his life was by some to be some of the most of his career. The Cars series was his work before his sudden in 1987. This Tour de is estimated to achieve $12-16

The Mercedes-Benz W196 is an icon in the History; it was the Mercedes-Benz Formula One in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One winning 9 of 12 races entered in the of Juan Manuel Fangio and Moss. Pictured by Andy it becomes a symbol of post-war industrial challenge, and America’s with the packaged image of the Repeated twelve times, the symbol of the car is at once exacerbated and Conversely there is a remarkably and seductive quality in the way the cars are without shadows, as if they floating, and in the iridescent colors. repetition process lies at the of many of Warhol’s seminal such as the Brillo Boxes, Soup Cans or the Marilyn Warhol indulges in the American with objects, status, and fame, reveling in the lack of precipitated by obsessive material

“ It is an honor to be entrusted with the of this masterwork for such a institution as The Daimler Art Collection ”, Eva Schweizer, head of the Christie’s in Stuttgart. “ Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Car (Streamlined version, 1954), in 1986, was one of Warhol last before his sudden death.”

cars emerged sporadically in the of Italian Futurists, it wasn’t the 1960s that the automobile a motif in its own right, and artists Warhol and Tom Wesselmann were on the of that movement. The works in the series were all based on photographs. The Daimler Warhols shown at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York City in 1988 and in 2010 at the Albertina Museum in in the exhibition “Andy Warhol. The commission given to Andy was a landmark for the Daimler Company’s intensive cooperation with artists as well as its collection’s international orientation. Artists Longo, Sylvie Fleury, and Szarek were commissioned to further works.

The Daimler Art Collection, established 30 years ago by Daimler-Benz, manufacturer of cars including the Mercedes-Benz, almost 2,000 modern and works by more than 700 artists, ranging from Warhol to Nam June Paik to de Maria and Mark di Suvero. The has long established international and education program. Proceeds the sale of Warhol’s Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Prix Car (Streamlined version, will be used to develop Art Collection’s commitment to art and securing long term future.

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Sale 12 November 2013

Mercedes-Benz W196

New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

12 November 2013

New Rockefeller Plaza


Christie’s, the world’s leading art had global auction and private in the first half of 2013 totaled £2.4 billion/ billion. In 2012, Christie’s had auction and private sales totaled £3.92 billion/$6.27 making it the highest annual in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a and place that speaks of art, unparalleled service and as well as international glamour. in 1766 by James Christie, has since conducted the greatest and celebrated auctions through the providing a popular showcase for the and the beautiful. Christie’s offers 450 auctions annually in over 80 including all areas of fine and arts, jewellery, photographs, wine, and more. Prices from $200 to over million. Christie’s also has a and successful history conducting sales for its clients in all categories, emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. sales totaled £465.2 ($711.8 million) in the first of 2013, an increase of 13% on the previous and for the third successive year the highest total for the period

in both company and art market

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