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Andy Warhol's book illustrations to be auctioned

17 Nov 2009

Andy Warhol's book illustrations to be auctioned

They are a long way from the iconic pop art for which he is best known but a set of illustrations for a children's book series by Andy Warhol are set to go up for auction in New York next month. 

Warhol's pictures illustrate a folk tale about the value of team work, and show a perky little red hen happily sowing her grains of wheat, as a lazy cat, mouse and dog look on. They were drawn by Warhol early in his career, between 1957 and 1959, for the Doubleday Book Club's popular series Best in Children's Books.

The Warhol illustrations will be auctioned on 9 December as part of Bloomsbury Auctions's sale of 365 original illustrations and books, alongside a privately printed edition of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester, rare Oz books by L Frank Baum and the artistic estate of award-winning African American children's illustrator Tom Feelings.

"The sale will showcase important works from the Golden Age of Illustration to the present day," said Bloomsbury Auctions in an announcement.  Further details can be found on The Guardian's website, here.

In 1989, Andy Warhol joined a host of contributors that included Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Peter Blake, in authoring and signing the Genesis limited edition volume, BLINDS & SHUTTERS.

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