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by Andy Warhol

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Happy Greta Garbo Day

Offset lithograph on paper
Origin / Date
circa 1954
27.4 by 22.3 cm (10 7/8 by 8 7/8 in.)
Excellent - framed
Rare lithograph on paper, signed and inscribed 'Happy G Garbo Day' by Andy Warhol, front of sheet. Originally a gift by the artist to Gene Moore, New York, who was a leading window dresser of the 20th Century, working for Bonwit Teller for 16 years and joining Tiffany's on Fifth Avenue in 1955 where he spent the remainder of his career. Executed circa 1954, this work is stamped by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board and numbered A131.1010 on the reverse (there are two horizontal creases through the middle where the work was likely originally folded into thirds). The fabulous Greta Garbo was one of Warhol’s biggest idols growing up. In 1954, he created offset lithographs with the actress’ likeness, revisiting this favorite subject for his Myths series in later decades. "He got himself invited to a picnic with Greta Garbo. He was too shy to speak, so he drew a butterfly and handed it to her. ‘She looked at it bemused,’ recalled another guest. ‘At the end of the day, she absent-mindedly crumpled it and left it behind. Andy picked it up and had his mother write on it, ‘Crumpled butterfly by Greta Garbo.’” (J. Pitman, “Before the soup can,” The Times, July 28, 2007)
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