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Press Release

For Immediate Release April 20, 2012 Contact: Rebecca Riegelhaupt tel +1 212 636 2680

Andy Warhol. Pablo Picasso. Barnett Newman. Gerhard Richter. David Hockney. Henri Matisse.
New York Christies is pleased to announce its spring Prints & Multiples sale in New York, taking place April 24-25. The sale encompasses a breadth of superlative examples from 1910 through the 2000s, with estimates that range from $1,000-250,000, presenting collectors with every taste and price point the opportunity to add to their collections. Highlighting the 390 lots is a particularly strong representation of contemporary prints as well as an excellent selection of linocuts by Pablo Picasso. The sales cover lot is Andy Warhols Liz, 1964 (estimate: $100,000 - 150,000) pictured left. This extremely rare version of Andy Warhol's Liz is one of only 4 or 5 impressions known in this color combination. In contrast to the editioned work, the pure white background here recalls Warhol's first explorations of Liz for an exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. Working on a pre-prepared canvas sprayed with silver paint, Warhol produced 10 Silver Liz paintings which were shown together at the gallery, alongside other subjects from the silver screen such as Elvis and Jackie Kennedy. This Liz proof on white paper, one of only a handful given by Leo Castelli to close friends and collaborators in 1964, offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of the artist's most emblematic images. Other highlights include a robust selection of prints by Barnett Newman led by Untitled Etching 2, 1969 (estimate: $70,000 - 100,000), and three excellent works by Brice Marden, including Winter Muse, 2003 (estimate: $20,000 - 30,000). Also being featured is Agnes Martins Untitled, 1998 (estimate $30,000 50,000), which comprises four lithographs that are indicative of the softer and serene works we see later in the artists life - a delicate shift from the more stark and severe minimalism that launched her career in the 1950s and 1960s.

AGNES MARTIN , Untitled, the complete set of four lithographs in colors, 1998 Estimate: $30,000 - 50,000

BARNETT NEWMAN, Untitled Etching 2, etching and aquatint, 1969 Estimate: $70,000 - 100,000

BRICE MARDEN, Winter Muse, etching, lithograph and screenprint in colors, 2003 Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

GERHARD RICHTER, Mao, collotype in black-purple, 1968. Estimate: $30,000 - 50,000

PABLO PICASSO, Portrait de Jacqueline de Face II, linocut in colors, 1962, on Arches. Estimate: $80,000 - 120,000

RICHARD HAMILTON, Swingeing London III, screenprint in colors with collage, 1972 Estimate: $50,000 - 70,000

DAVID HOCKNEY, Amaryllis in Vase, From Moving Focus, lithograph in colors, 1985. Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000

KEITH HARING, Totem, plywood multiple in colors, 1988. Estimate: $50,000 - 70,000

HENRI MATISSE, Nu, Main gauche prs de l'Epaule lithograph, 1926, on Japon. Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Auction: April 24-25, 2012 Viewing: April 20-23, 2012

About Christies Christies, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2011 that totaled 3.6 billion/$5.7 billion. Christies is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christies offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled 502 million / $808.6m in 2011, an increase of 44% on the previous year. Christies has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zrich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christies has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. *Estimates do not include buyers premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyers premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyers or sellers credits.


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