Artist Andy Warhol's works worth £1 million on show at Belfast gallery
WORKS by pop-art artist Andy Warhol, worth a total of £1 million, will be on display at an exhibition in Belfast next month.
The American artist, who died in 1987, was a leading figure in the visual art movement and his best-known works include the silkscreen painting, Campbell's Soup Cans.
Portraits and Party Time is the theme of the event at Gormleys Fine Art Gallery from March 2-19, and celebrates fame and celebrity.
Icons of the 20th century, including Marilyn Monroe, Mao and Muhammad Ali, will be among the portraits on display.
Other famous characters immortalised in art are Warhol himself, along with Hollywood greats Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo as well as footballer Pelé.
Glamour and sparkle are a feature of the exhibition which includes works such as The Star from the artist's Myths Portfolio collection.
"The Star is considered one of the best of the Myths portraits and embodies everything Warhol adored – beauty, celebrity and wealth," said gallery director Gerard Gormley.
"The diamond dust he incorporated into the screen-printing process adds a wonderful lustre to the work.
"Andy Warhol had an unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time, creating contemporary images that capture the modern imagination. Warhol enjoyed creating portraits of celebrities and many of these works have become iconic pop-art images."
All the artworks will be for sale and range from a signed miniature version of Warhol's Marilyn for £14,000 to a signed screenprint of Diamond Dust Shoe 257, available for £120,000, for those with deeper pockets.