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The Art of Elvis

Here’s proof if proof were needed that Elvis remains one of the world’s most recognizable icons.

 Andy Warhol’s portrait of Elvis as a cowboy will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City on May 9. The work is expected to bring anywhere from $30 million to $50 million.

 The portrait was painted in 1963. At that time, it was exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. It is referred to as a “Double Elvis” because the foreground shows Elvis armed and in a shooting pose, while a shadow Elvis as a performer fills the background.

 Warhol, famous for his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the Campbell’s tomato soup cans produced a total of 22 Elvis images, nine of which are now in museums. It’s very rare for one of the “Double Elvises” to come to auction and it’s expected that bidding will be intense.

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