As many collectors know, some of Warhol’s prints are more valuable than others. The value of a piece all depends on many aspects, such as the color, subject, and edition. The edition is especially of importance, as Warhol’s trial proof prints are often worth more because each print is one of a kind.
It is widely known that Warhol used his art as a form of payment from anyone to his lawyer to gifts for his friends and family. These particular prints came from the Artist Proof editions.
The trial proof print is especially notable, as it each given trial proof print is the only one with its particular color combination and/or composition. There can be no two trial proofs alike, since trial proof editions were only printed once.
Another type of print that resulted from this process of selection is the printer’s proof. They are similar to the artist’s proofs in that they were used as a form of payment, but the printer was the only recipient of that particular edition.
Before finalizing an edition, Warhol would review a small number of trial proofs to decide which one would be selected as THE editioned print. The trial proof print is especially valuable, as it is the only one with its particular color combination and/or composition.
Revolver has two exquisite trial proof prints from Andy Warhol’s 1983 series “Ingrid Bergman: With Hat”. These prints illustrate the distinct color and formatting compositions that can arise from a single image.
Another favorite of ours is the trial proof of Howdy Doody, from Warhol’s 1981 Myths portfolio. This print is based on a photograph of the original Howdy Doody, a character from a 1950’s television series. Most of the trial proofs, including this one, have diamond dust.
New to our gallery is this trial proof of Warhol’s 1982 Alexander The Great. This print stands apart from the other 64 trial proofs of this print with its unique color composition. Warhol used two colors, black and yellow, as the background instead of just one as he did for other proofs.
While any given work of art by Andy Warhol is a treasure to behold, the purpose of creation, edition size and color composition greatly influences the market value of a Warhol print. With this in mind, it is no wonder that Warhol’s trial proof prints are some of his most valuable and sought-after works of art.