Mar 17, 2017
By Michael Kramer
A famous painting by Andy Warhol of China’s Chairman Mao Tse Tung – is going to auction in Hong Kong.
The 1972 work could bring in as much as $15 million.
It’s one of a series of silk screen prints by Warhol that immortailized the founder of China’s Communist Party as a pop-art commodity in the same artistic vein as Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup.
The portrait is based on a photo in Mao’s Little Red Book and is among the most famous images of the 20th century.
The last time this particular Warhol work was auctioned – was in 2014 – going for just under $9.5 million.
The Sotheby’s auction is set for April 2nd.