One of Andy Warhol’s Mercedes-Benz silkscreens is expected to sell up to $16 million in an auction in New York City.
Warhol’s Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car (Streamlined Version, 1954) will be up at the Daimler art collection on November 22 and is the subject of the collection. The car was created in 1986 for the centennial of the modern automobile. The painting costs half of the actual W 196 R racing car driven by Juan Manuel Fangio at auction this year.
Daimler-Benz, a German luxury car manufacturer established the collection 30 years ago. The 14-foot-high work of art depicts the W196 Rennwagen in its streamline form repeated 12 times in different colors on the silkscreen. Daimler also owns a 4.2-meter canvas work which features 12 prints of the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R grand prix racer.
The proceeds of the auction will then be used to secure the Daimler art collection’s long-term future.
The car series was Warhol’s last works, which remained unfinished, before he died in February 1987. The project also traced a century of Mercedes-Benz cars. The American pop artist has also painted a BMW art car in 1979.
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