drawing by iconic 20th century artist Andy Warhol depicting the
obverse and reverse of three classic U.S. Colonial coins brought
$6,875 at a March 25, 2014, online auction conducted by Christie’s.
auction is one of several online-only auctions conducted by the firm
of works from the Warhol estate.
1952 drawing — on an 8½- by 11-inch piece of drawing paper — was
created when Warhol was in his 20s and enjoying a successful career as
a commercial artist. In 1952 Warhol had his first solo exhibition at a
gallery and a decade later he exhibited his Campbell’s Soup Can series
that cemented his status as a “Pop” artist.
drawing features, at the top, a loosely rendered depiction of a 1733
Rosa Americana pattern twopence featuring the bust of George II facing
left. Warhol uses the date 1773 instead.
the middle is a classic Fugio copper piece. Warhol leaves off the
date, but the coins themselves are dated 1787.
the bottom is a Higley (or Granby) copper of 1737 (again Warhol leaves
off the date) with the classic phrase VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE on the
obverse and I AM GOOD COPPER on the reverse.