Whatever artist Andy Warhol touched during his lifetime from brightly painted cookie jars to a 1974 Rolls Royce seems to have turned to gold by frenzied bidding at an auction of his collection of art and kitsch.
During the first two days of the 10-day sale in New York, jewelry, furniture and decorations owned by the late artist fetched $6,222,892, said Diana Levitt, a spokeswoman for Sotheby's, the auction house.On Sunday, a pair of pottery cookie jars depicting a black chef and a black woman sold for $23,100 about 200 times their estimated price.
"The interest in the Warhol collection is very high and we're looking forward to eight more days of Warhol interest and excitement," she said.
Saturday's sale, featuring art nouveau and art deco pieces, brought in $5,314,347, more than double what had been expected. On Sunday, the bidding produced a total of $907,995, three times more than estimated, according to Levitt.
Warhol's collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture from 19th century landscapes and portraits to a 1977 collage on paper by Robert Rauschenberg went on the block Monday.
People lined up around the block Sunday to get into Sotheby's, and more than 1,000 packed the auction room during 41/2 hours of bidding, said Levitt.
The highest bid was $77,000 by a Beverly Hills collector for a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow sedan, which had a presale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000, she said.
The 175 cookie jars on sale, projected to bring in $5,000 to $7,000, fetched $247,000, Levitt said.
Among the other sale items was a group of unmounted semiprecious stones, mostly quartz, which sold for $10,000 10 times the presale estimate.