Sleeping Girl, 1964
36 x 36 in., 91.5 x 91.5 cm
February 29, 2012, source: Sotheby’s / theartwolf
Described by Sotheby's as "one of the most instantly recognizable icons of the Pop Art movement" and "an icon of Post-War American art", this beautiful work has remained in private hands for the past 48 years. "Sleeping Girl" will be shown in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and New York prior to the auction on 9 May, 2012.
Sotheby's explains that "Sleeping Girl" has not appeared on the market since it was purchased by noted West Coast collectors and philanthropists Beatrice and Phillip Gersh, from the Ferus Gallery in 1964. The Gershes were founding members of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA) and part of a distinguished group of collectors who established the modern and contemporary art scene in the region.
Lichtenstein on the art market
On November 2010, Christie's sold another 1964 work by Roy Lichtenstein, "Ohhh...Alright....", for $42,642,500, then an auction record for the artist. Last year, the same auction house sold "I Can See the Whole Room…and There's Nobody in It", an iconic work from 1961, for $43,202,500, still an auction record for the artist.