Credited for bringing the focus to the banality of the commercial culture of the U.S., creating and pushing the artist envelope of his time, the figure-head of the 1960s visual art movement known as ‘pop art’, the American artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol was a contemporary artist obsessed with items of the past. And, this becomes apparent from the emblematic and evocative Andy Warhol's screenprints which were inspired by Edvard Munch's "The Scream". Besides being an artist, Mr. Warhol who preferred to remain a mystery was also a collector of vintage items, which included art deco, art nouveau, watches and retro jewelry, and noted art works. And, among his heirlooms were numerous timepieces, out of which his personal timepiece, an 18 karat yellow gold Cartier Tank Solo with a black crocodile strap will be now sold by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, along with his 1940s Rolex Rose Gold Perpetual wristwatch offered on sale at 1stdibs.
Andy Warhol’s Cartier Tank Solo
Described to be very essence of modernism, Cartier’s Tank watch which is a triumphant expression of pure elegance and was the personal watch of Andy Warhol was acquired by Mr. Stickelber at the 1988 Sotheby’s auction of The Andy Warhol Collection. Notably, Mr. Stickelber displayed the watch in an illuminated shadow box frame with a copy of the catalogue for the Jewelry and Watches auction.
Andy Warhol’s ROLEX Rose Gold Perpetual Wristwatch Ref 4021 Switzerland
At the same Sotheby’s auction of The Andy Warhol Collection, Fourtane acquired one of the finest Rolex watches, a rare 1940s 18 karat yellow gold wristwatch with an early ‘bubble back’ automatic movement in a 33mm slim ‘dress watch' case.
Restored meticulously in silver matte dial and sub-seconds dial, Mr. Warhol wore this watch with the addition of an adjustable "bypass" style 10 karat yellow gold and stainless steel ribbed bracelet.