Kelly Crow offers some details on the Fright Wig late Warhol self portraits coming to Sotheby’s in May:
London stockbroker Barry Townsley is offering up Andy Warhol’s “Six Self-Portraits,” that the artist assembled for his last London gallery show in 1986. These so-called “fright wig” silkscreens show the artist wearing his signature wig and staring piercingly at the viewer. Four years ago, designer Tom Ford sold a wall-size, purple “fright wig” Warhol for $32.5 million at Sotheby’s. On May 14, the house will ask at least $25 million for Mr. Townsley’s group of 22-inch versions, which are silkscreened in differing candy colors.
Mr. Townsley declined to comment, but dealers say he has often told friends about the good-luck day he walked into Anthony D’Offay’s gallery on the eve of Warhol’s show and paid $57,500 for the six artworks. Sotheby’s expert Oliver Barker confirmed the price but said he could not discuss the seller.
Warhol and Basquiat at New York Auctions in May (WSJ.com)