This list of the top prices paid for works by Andy Warhol was compiled in honor of the anniversary of the artist’s death. But the interesting detail on the list is that 7 of the top ten prices have been achieved after the financial crisis began.
The top price on the list came just after the crash, in October of 2008. Half of the other top 10 prices were achieved in the past year:
1. Eight Elvises (1963) – $100m
In October 2008, Warhol’s Eight Elvises painting was sold in a private sale via French art consultant Philippe Ségalot for a price of $100 million, a record for Warhol’s work.
2. Turquoise Marilyn (1964) – $80m
In May 2007 the painting, one of Warhol’s several portraits of Marilyn Monroe, was purchased by art collector Stephen A. Cohen in a private sale via Larry Gagosian for a price believed to be $80 million.
3. Green car Crash (Burning Green Car 1) (1963) – $71.7m
Also in May 2007, this painting was sold at a Christie’s auction in New York for a then-record auction price of $71.7 million to art collector Philip Niarchos, son of the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.
4. Men In Her Life (1962) – $63.4m
In 2010 the black and white portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, pictured with both her third husband Mike Todd and future husband Eddie Fisher, sold to an anonymous buyer at a New York Phillips de Pury & Co auction for $63.4 million.
5. 200 One Dollar Bills (1962) – $43.8m
In November 2009 the painting was sold at a Sotheby’s auction to an anonymous buyer for $43.8 million. It was sold by London-based art collector Pauline Karpidas, who had purchased the work in 1986 for a mere $385,000.
6. Coca Cola  (Large Coca Cola) – $35.36m
The painting sold in November 2010 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for a price of $35.36 million.
7. Self Portrait (1986) – $32.5m
In May 2010 the large self-portrait by Warhol, painted in 1986 just a year before his death, was sold in a Sotheby’s sale in New York for $32.56 million.
7. Superman (1960) – $30m
Felix Stenert rightly points out that Wikicollection’s list leaves out CarolVogel’s 2004 report that Steven Cohen had set a then-record price for Warhol when he bought Superman from 1960. The list also neglects reports that Cohen was the buyer of the Coke Bottle at Sotheby’s in 2010 which would give the collector three of the top ten works.
8. Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) (1962) – $23.8m
In November 2010 the painting, featuring one of Warhol’s favourite and most iconic subjects, sold at a Christie’s auction in New York for $23.88 million.
9. Silver Liz (1963) – $18.3m
In May 2010 Warhol’s portrait of Elizabeth Taylor sold at a Christie’s auction in New York for a price of $18.33 million.
10. Mao (1972) – $17.4m
In November 2006 the portrait of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was sold to Hong Kong art collector Joseph Lau for a price of $17.4 million. The sale, at a Christie’s auction in New York, was a record auction price for Warhol’s work at the time.
Top Ten Most Expensive Andy Warhol Works (Wikicollecting.org)