October 30, 2023
Christie's is set to auction the 1964 Andy Warhol painting Sixteen Jackies.
Sixteen Jackies features a four by four repeated grid of a press image taken of Jackie Kennedy during her husband John F. Kennedy's funeral.
"Sixteen Jackies captures the enormity of one of the most defining moments in American history in a uniquely Warholian way. Through the convention of reproduction, he transforms the personal grief of Jackie Kennedy into social commentary about collective trauma. This is a formal meditation on tragedy through the lens of mass media and a distillation of beauty, celebrity, shock, and sadness. Warhol's influence and impact on the contemporary landscape has continued to grow posthumously; this work stands as a testament to his enduring brilliance," Alex Rotter, Christie’s chairman of 20th and 21st century art, says.
The work is expected to fetch between $25M and $35M. The auction will occur Nov. 9 in New York.