Eight Elvises

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Eight Elvises
Eight Elvises.jpg
ArtistAndy Warhol
Year1963 (1963)
TypeSilkscreen on canvas
Dimensions200 cm × 370 cm (6.5 ft × 12 ft)
LocationPrivate collection

Eight Elvises is a 1963 silkscreen painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol of Elvis Presley. In 2008, it was sold by Annibale Berlingieri for $100 million to a private buyer, which at the time was the most valuable work by Andy Warhol. The current owner and location of the painting, which has not been seen publicly since the 1960s, are unknown.


Eight Elvises is composed of eight identical, overlapping images of Elvis Presley in cowboy attire, silkscreened over a silver background.[1][2] The painting was originally a portion of a 37-foot long (11 m) piece, containing sixteen copies of Elvis, that was showcased in a 1963 exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition, Warhol's second at the Ferus, contained several other pieces using the same image of Elvis, as well as a series of head shots of Elizabeth Taylor.[1] The images of Elvis were taken from a publicity still from the movie Flaming Star.[3] When the gallery was dismantled, the section with eight images of Elvis became a distinct piece, measuring 6+12 by 12 feet (200 by 370 cm).[2][4] While Warhol created 22 versions of the painting with two Elvises on it, known as Double Elvis, only one piece titled Eight Elvises was created.[2][5]

2008 sale[edit]

In 2008, Eight Elvises was sold by Annibale Berlingieri, who had owned it for 40 years, in a private sale for $100 million to an unidentified collector.[6] News of the sale, which was not announced publicly at the time, was broken by art writer Sarah Thornton and published in The Economist in late 2009.[2][6] The deal was brokered by Philippe Ségalot, a New York-based art dealer and one time head of the contemporary art department at Christie's auction house.[6][7] The sale made Eight Elvises one of the most expensive paintings ever sold, and made Warhol only the fifth artist, behind Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning to have a painting sold for at least $100 million.[6] The current location of the painting is unknown.[6]

Another painting from 1963, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), broke the valuation record for a Warhol work set by Eight Elvises when it sold for $105.4 million at auction in November 2013.[8]

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  1. ^ a b McCarthy (2006), 354
  2. ^ a b c d Johnson, Andrew (29 November 2009). "The $100m Warhol". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ McCarthy (2006), 363
  4. ^ McCarthy (2006), 356
  5. ^ Lerner, George (10 May 2012). "Warhol 'Double Elvis' goes for $37 million". CNN. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e "The Pop master's highs and lows". The Economist. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. ^ Vogel, Carol (23 September 2010). "Auction World's Blast of Brash". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Andy Warhol auction record shattered". BBC News. BBC. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.