Rare Andy Warhol Reigning Queen print hits the auction block
Andy Warhol's legacy of skewering the notion of celebrity and fame is what made his seemingly simple commercial prints endure the test of time. In addition to fetishizing American icons, he also subverted the European monarchy in his series, Reigning Queens.
Recently, his rare portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from 1985 has come onto the open market, with an estimated value of roughly $93,200 (£40,000-60,000), to be auctioned off at Bonhams Print Sale in London on July 11. Completed shortly before his death in '87, Warhol's signature graphic style and fascination with drag culture culminated in this contemporary take on royal propaganda.