Andy Warhol’s portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II has set an auction record, selling for almost $900,000

‘Queen Elizabeth II’ from: Reigning Queens
Andy Warhol’s 1985 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sold for almost $900,000, per Canadian auction house Heffel.
The portrait of the Queen shattered global records of an editioned Warhol print ever auctioned.
Embellished with diamond dust, the print is part of Warhol’s 1985 Reigning Queen series.

One of Andy Warhol’s renowned portraits of the late Queen Elizabeth II has sold for almost $900,000 — a record sum for an editioned print ever auctioned, Canada’s Heffel Fine Art Auction House announced Thursday.

The print — dubbed the “crown jewel” of the sale by Heffel — was sold at the gallery’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction for more than twice the estimated sale price of roughly $405,000.

Created in 1985, the silkscreen print of the late monarch is based on a photograph shot by Peter Grugeon at Windsor Castle in 1975, which was subsequently published in 1977, on the occasion of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

The print is one of four in…

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