Andy Warhol portrait of Grace Kelly up for sale in Dublin
A portrait of Grace Kelly by American artist Andy Warhol will go on sale in Dublin next weekend.
he portrait of one of the best-known actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age is set to fetch 200,000 euros at the ‘Timeless’ antique fair, which opens in Dublin on Friday 23 September.
Dublin’s Gormleys Fine Art gallery, which will be showing the portrait at the fair, said its value had increased over the past three years and testified to interest in contemporary art.
“Grace Kelly is extremely popular with collectors and investors as there are very few for sale at any given time,” said Gormleys managing director Oliver Gormley.
“We sold one in 2019 for €136,000 and expect it to sell for around €200,000 at Timeless, reflecting the appreciation for the value of Warhol and high-end contemporary art.
“Art has shown a marked appreciation in value in recent years as people have sought a safe haven in uncertain times.”
The portrait of the American actor, who would later retire from acting at 26 to become the Princess of Monaco, is taken from a still from his first film Fourteen Hours, released in 1951.
Warhol completed the edition in 1984, just two years after his death from a car accident. She was 52 when she died.
A rare bodice made by master jeweler Rene Lalique, worth 450,000 euros, will also be displayed alongside classic pieces at the fair, which runs until Sunday in the RDS hall in Dublin.
Irish Antiques Association President Garret Weldon said it was the best piece of jewelery he had ever seen.
“There is nothing to compare. This is museum quality or beyond. You can’t think of this piece without using the word masterpiece,” he said.
“This piece has never been exhibited and has been in the same private collection for almost 130 years.
“Generally these pieces don’t come to market, and a lot of Lalique’s work is on display at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, so being able to present it to Irish audiences is special.”
Irish antiques fair Timeless will also feature an original Brionvega RR126 record player and speaker set, identical to David Bowie’s personal model, recently sold at Sotheby’s.