A collection of Andy Warhol’s Shoe illustrations went up for Auction at Sotheby’s in the United Kingdom, spurring the interest of fashionistas everywhere! The collection sold for almost $200K more than their estimated price.
The portfolio consists of 16 framed offset lithographs, featuring writing by poet Ralph Pomeroy and handwritten by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola. The captions often call upon pop culture references, like a deep red shoe accompanied by the words “Dial M for shoe,” inspired by the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, “Dial M For Murder.”
Warhol’s shoe illustrations were created in 1955, during the period when the artist was working as a commercial artist at a shoe company called I. Miller. Warhol’s shoes could be seen on the pages of The New York Times during this period, featured in I. Miller’s ads.
Sotheby’s listed the estimate at between 100,000 and 150,000 GBP, the equivalent of between 143,470 and 215,205 USD. However, the collection, which recently went under the hammer on, went for almost $200k dollars more than estimated, selling at a price of $416K USD.