Carol Vogel reports on the Warhol painting from 1962 that leads the Christie’s Contemporary sale in November:
“Warhol did three series of soup cans; the last of these, which this painting comes from, is often called the Still Life Series,” said Laura Paulson, a deputy chairwoman at Christie’s. “Some were pierced with a can opener, others flayed, their labels torn or crushed.”
Since it left the Factory, this work has been in only three collections. The year it was painted, the New York collectors Burton and Emily Tremaine bought it directly from Warhol. And that summer it was included in an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, which became the first American museum to show a Warhol painting. In the late 1970s the couple sold it to Ted Ashley, then the chairman of Warner Brothers, and his wife, Page. In 1986, Christie’s held a sale of the Ashley collection in New York, where it was bought by James Mayer, a London dealer, for $264,000. Mr. Mayer sold it to Mr. Ebsworth shortly after that.
Inside Art: A Warhol Soup Can Comes to Market (New York Times)