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Why Andy Warhol’s "Bomb" sculpture bombed at auction

A closer look at the economics and psychology behind high art prices.
"[Andy Warhol's 'Bomb']  is not a pretty object, which is why I think it should have sold for tens of millions of dollars," said art critic and author Blake Gopnik.
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A Warhol painting could fetch $200 million. What's so special about it?

Warhol's Marilyn Monroe silkscreen is valuable, yes, but not very innovative, says art critic Blake Gopnik.
According to critic Blake Gopnik, it's not the price tag that's interesting, it's the "retread."
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60 years ago, pop art was born in a department store window

May 5, 2021
Why Warhol's commercial art made waves, according to art critic Blake Gopnik.
Andy Warhol's 1961 department store window display paved the way for his first solo pop art show the following year, "Campbell's Soup Cans."
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What does Warhol “fair use” ruling mean for artists and copyrights?

Art critic and Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik fears the decision will have a profound effect on "appropriation art."
Lynn Goldsmith’s photograph, left, and Andy Warhol’s portrait of Prince, as reproduced in court documents.
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Tracking down Warhol's stolen 'Campbell's Soup' prints

May 18, 2016
Authorities know one thing: There was no mastermind behind the Missouri art museum theft.
 A spectator walks past Andy Warhol's "Campbells Soup Cans" at the 2002 Warhol retrospective exhibition  at the Tate Modern Gallery in London. 
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A painting that gets better as art if it sells for $100 million

Nov 13, 2013
Last night, a Francis Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million. Tonight, an Andy Warhol painting may top it. And one art critic says that may actually make it better as art.

Warhol painting fetches $1.3 million in online-only auction

Jul 20, 2011
Online auctions aren't just for Beanie Babies anymore. Today, the online auction site Artnet said that it has sold what might be the most expens...

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