Andy Warhol was perhaps best known for his keen interpretations of contemporary post-World War II American culture and Elizabeth Taylor is perhaps best known for her amazing violet eyes and distinguished film roles. Their paths crossed (in a matter of speaking) when Warhol created a vibrant silkscreen of Taylor from a publicity photograph of her taken around the time that she was making the film Cleopatra in 1963. This past Tuesday, that particular silkscreen sold for $12.6 million at a contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s. Warhol always had a deep affinity for Taylor, and even remarked once that “It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger”. Interestingly enough, this painting is one of thirteen made on a variety of colored backgrounds. This particular painting has a “red light” background and measures 40 by 40 inches.
The first link will take visitors to a recent CNN news piece about the recent auction at which the silkscreen “Liz” went on the block. The second link will lead visitors to a page provided by Sotheby’s which provides copious details about the background, provenance, and execution of this striking piece of art. The third link will take visitors to the homepage of the marvelous Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Here they can peruse some of his works and learn about the museum. The fourth link will take users to a 1981 interview with Warhol done by the BBC where he talks about portrait painting, his love of his Sony Walkman, and his “affection for everyone”. The fifth link leads to a nice site which provides some basic information about Taylor’s long career, complete with a filmography and a list of her various accolades. The final link will take visitors to the transcript of an interview with Taylor from the Larry King Show in which she discusses her love of jewelry, her various perfumes, and of course, Richard Burton.