In the art world, pictures of Elvis are among the least respected, but Andy Warhol had and continues to have a knack for making the disreputable extremely reputable among art collectors and admirers. Take, for example, his life-sized portrait of the King of Rock and Roll in full Rio Bravo mode (but actually from a publicity shot for his own western Flaming Star), entitled Double Elvis (Ferus Type). It’s going up for auction next month, and Christie’s expects it to fetch around $30 million.
Double Elvis (Ferus Type) is one of a series of 22 silkscreen Elvis portraits created by Warhol originally for an exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in LA back in the early 1960s (hence the name). It’s part of the same project that spawned the more famous piece Eight Elvises, and is said to be the only full-size portrait of Warhol’s career.
Double Elvis (Ferus Type) reportedly goes under the hammer on May 17th, so you have about a month to save up if you think it would fit in your home.