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Andy Warhol Acetate For Silkscreen Of Valentino 1974 Signed Provenance Letter For Sale
ANDY WARHOL Photograph Acetate for Silkscreen 1974 signed Provenance Letter +COA
Black and White Photographic Acetate for Silkscreen
approx. 8.6 inches (horizontal) by 8.25 inches (Vertical)
Provenance: Andy Warhol via Eunice and Jack Lowell, owners of Chromacomp (Warhol's printer)
Letter of Authenticity and Provenance +
Certificate of Guarantee
NOTA BENE: What you are buying is Andy Warhol's photographic acetate positive, used to create the image of Valentino. The first to images are the front and back. Also shown for reference only is the color silkscreen of Valentino Warhol created from the acetates, and a color Polariod photo taken by Warhol of Valentino - but not part of the lot.
This is an original, unique black and white photographic positive acetate of the legendary fashion designer VALENTINO taken by Warhol that came from Andy Warhol's studio "The Factory". We acquired this directly from the Lowell family, owners of Chromacomp who received it directly from Warhol. Our provenance is direct and impeccable, as we are the only original source of rare works like this one.
As Bob Colacello, former Editor in Chief of Interview magazine (and righthand man to Andy Warhol explained, "many hands were involved in the rather mechanical silkscreening process...but only Andy in all the years I knew him, worked on the acetates." An acetate is a photographic negative transferred to a transparency, allowing an image to be magnified and projected onto a screen. As only Andy worked on the acetates, it was the last original step prior to the screenprinting of an image, and the most important element in Warhol's creative process for silkscreening.
This acetate was brought by Warhol to Eunice and Jackson Lowell, owners of Chromacomp, a fine art printing studio in NYC, and was acquired directly from the Lowell's private collection. During the 1970s and 80s, Chromacomp was the premier atelier for fine art limited edition silkscreen prints; indeed, Chromacomp was the largest studio producing fine art prints in the world for artists such as Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Erte, Robert Natkin, Larry Zox and many more. All of the plates were done by hand and in some cases photographically.
This piece has never been on the open market before.
Famed printer Alexander Heinrici worked for Eunice & Jackson Lowell at Chromacomp and brought Andy Warhol in as an account. Shortly after, Warhol or his workers brought in several boxes of photographs, paper and/or acetates and asked Jackson Lowell to use his equipment to enlarge certain images or portions of images. Warhol made comments and or changes and asked the Lowells to print some editions; others were printed elsewhere.
Chromacomp Inc. ended up printing a number of Warhol silkscreens and series based on the box of photographic acetates, both positives and negatives like this one of the iconic Valentino that Warhol brought to them. The Lowell's allowed the printer to be named as Alexander Heinrici rather than Chromacomp, since Heinrici was the one who brought the account in. Other images were never printed by Chromacomp- they were simply being considered by Warhol.
After working with Chromacomp, Warhol left the remaining acetates, including this one ofWilhelmina Ross, with Eunice and Jackson Lowell. After the Lowells closed the shop, the photographs were packed away where they remained for nearly a quarter of a century. Warhol may have simply forgotten to collect them. He did not give the acetates away as he knew their value, and in fact it is well documented that he would often exchange the acetates for services with print shops, enabling them to make and own additional silkscreens of Warhol's images.
All screens that were created and used to print any images were completely destroyed, as was the procedure with printing serigraphs.
This rare black and white acetate positive is an authentic and highly collectible Warhol image from the 1970s with superb provenance.
It is difficult for this generation to appreciate how huge Valentino was in the 1970s. Warhol's image of Valentino captures the designers European sophistication and elegance.
This work comes with the letter of provenance. It measures approx. 8.6 by 7.25 inches. It is unevenly cut with a black boder --exactly as Warhol brought to Chromacomp more than a quarter of a century ago, in the mid 1970s.
This unique work of art is in good vintage condition. The dark black on the sides are part of the acetate. There is an approx. 2.5 inch minor crease on the bottom right corner, which will frame out.
Christie's Inc. has recently sold Warhol negatives (from the less desirable Reagan era)for over $110,000, and we ourselves recently sold a different Warhol acetate of Elvis with the same provenance for $15,500 on Artnet. (that was ours too!)
This is a valuable piece of art history and one of the few pieces of authentic Warhol memoribilia that hasn't yet come to market.
The rarity of this original, unique Warhol piece cannot be understated - but do tell us if you know who the man is!
Unconditionally guaranteed authentic forever. NOquestions; NOquibbles.
Winning buyer will receive a copy of the signed letter from the Lowell family representative confirming its authenticity and provenance, as well as a Certificate of Guarantee from Witkin Fine Art, so there are two levels of authentication.
Please check out out other listings of original fine art and uncommon books and exhibition catalogues. Comparable sales prices for works we've sold from the same collection:
Acetate, Photographic negative
(H 23, W 12) in. (58.4 x 30.5) cm.
Sold for: US$19,550
Thursday, May 30, 2013 artnet sales Lot 83439
This item has been shown 30 times.
Andy Warhol Acetate For Silkscreen Of Valentino 1974 Signed Provenance Letter : $7,000