The original pink portrait that Andy Warhol (1928-1987) made of Queen Beatrix has fetched 409,000 euros at an auction at Christie's in Amsterdam.
Warhol made the portrait in 1984 as part of his “Four reigning queens” series. They were then, besides the Queen of the Netherlands, Queen Elisabeth II of the United Kingdom; Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland.
“The best looking of the bunch”
Warhol simply used an official photo of Beatrix for the portrait.
You see a queen of the disco, in pink and purple neon colours, with a tiara in her hair. She goes with Warhol’s famous colourful portraits of Mao Zedong and Marilyn Monroe, and even the pictures of cans of Campbell’s tomato soup and Coca-Cola. In short, Beatrix is an icon.
The portrait is a screen print touched up by hand. According to Warhol, Beatrix was “the best looking of the bunch”.
The buyer, the Dutch Triton Foundation, owns top works from the Impressionist period to the seventies of the last century. The purchaser will give the portrait to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on a long-term lease. Beatrix is home again.