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article image'Endangered Species' prints by Andy Warhol up for auction

By Anne Sewell     Mar 5, 2013 in Entertainment
London - In the 1980's, following a conversation about ecology and beach erosion, Warhol's New York art dealers suggested he make prints of endangered species. He went ahead and called his works "animals in make-up".
The Andy Warhol Endangered Species series was the idea of Warhol's New York art dealers Frayda and Ronald Feldman.
The series consists of 10 screenprints which are estimated to fetch between £250,000 to £300,000. They will be auctioned as part of Sotheby's Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints sale to be held in London on March 19.
Sotheby's has said that complete sets of Warhol prints are "very rare to the market", so this will be an unusual event. The last time that a complete Warhol set was on offer was by Sotheby's in New York in November 2012, and it sold for $482,500 (£320,747).
Andy Warhol s  Endangered Species  series on auction at Sotheby s London on March 19  2013.
Andy Warhol's "Endangered Species" series on auction at Sotheby's London on March 19, 2013.
Warhol, who passed away at age 58 in 1987, is most famous for being the major exponent of the pop art movement which flourished in the sixties. His most memorable prints are of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, along with Campbell's soup cans.
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