Warhol's Mickey Mouse at January Phillips Auction

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Warhol's Mickey Mouse at January Phillips Auction

Image courtesy to Phillips


Phillips announced highlights ahead of the Evening & Day Editions auctions in London. Kicking off the season and the new year as the first auctions of 2021 and comprising 272 lots in total, the Evening & Day Editions auctions present exceptional examples of Pop, Modern and Contemporary editions as well as pieces from key periods of art history. For the first time in London Phillips will present a work from the sixteenth century, offering an iconic etching produced by Albrecht Dürer in 1513, Knight, Death and the Devil, which comes to auction this January amongst a selection of works from a distinguished private collection. The Day sale will take place at 12pm on Thursday 21 January with the Evening sale following at 6pm.

Rebecca Tooby-Desmond, Specialist, Head of Sale and Auctioneer, said, “We are delighted to start a new yearwith our Editions auctions. Highlighting key moments from the history of Western printmaking, our sales present fresh-to-market works from a distinguished collection, with the rare inclusion of Albrecht Dürer alongside familiar modern and contemporary giants. A celebration of innovation through the ages, and with incredible variety, ou auctions offer exciting opportunities to start or develop a rich collection, with the best examples from each period,curated side by side.”


Andy Warhol

Mickey Mouse, from Myths, 1981

Image courtesy to Phillips




Property from a Private German Collection Andy Warhol 1928-1987

Mickey Mouse, from Myths (F & S. 265) 1981

Screenprint in colours with diamond dust, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet. Signed and numbered 130/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artist’s proofs), published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York (with their and the artist’s copyright inkstamp on the reverse), framed. S . 9 6 . 5 x 9 6 . 6 c m ( 3 7 7 / 8 x 3 8 i n .)

Estimate £70,000-90,000


Walt Disney’s iconic mouse is depicted in profile, surrounded by a background covered in diamond dust, adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to the beloved cartoon character. Warhol later created other renditions of Mickey Mouse, with images of the character repeated twice or in a grid—a treatment Warhol reserved for other iconic figures like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe —perhaps a sign that Warhol regarded Mickey Mouse as much a celebrity as other starlets and musicians he depicted.

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