1928 - 1987
Wayne Gretzky #99 (F.&S.II.306)
screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
signed and signed by Wayne Gretzky and editioned 264/300
40 x 32 in, 101.6 x 81.3 cm
Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000 CAD
Sold for: $31,250
Private Collection, Calgary
Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellman, editors, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1962 - 1987, 4th edition, 2003, page 133, catalogue #II.306
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Andy Warhol, July 21 – October 24, 2021, same image
The Vancouver art dealer Frans Wynans asked Warhol to create this screenprint of Wayne Gretzky to help promote Canada's art market abroad. Despite Warhol not being a hockey enthusiast, he thought that Gretzky transcended the sport, saying "He's more than a hockey player, he's an entertainer." Gretzky, who admired Warhol and collected his works, happily posed for the portrait.
The catalogue raisonné states that there are 300 prints in the edition, 50 AP, 6 PP which are trial proof variations, signed and numbered in pencil lower left. Some prints are also signed by Wayne Gretzky. There are 46 TP signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol on a stamped certificate of authenticity.
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