Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Mercedes Type 400

Off-set lithograph on paper
Signed and dated proto-type work-sheet
19.7 x 11.8 inches (50 x 30 cm)

In 1986 the German car company Daimler-Benz commissioned Andy Warhol to create a range of artworks, inspired by Mercedes models, to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. However, Warhol’s sudden death in February 1987 left the project unfinished.

This item, an image printed in offset on thin glossy paper, was acquired from RUPERT JASEN SMITH (the printer of nearly all of Andy Warhol’s silk screens from 1977 onwards). It served as an inspiration for Warhol for the project, which was to be called CARS. The embellishments in red and green felt pen were executed by hand by the artist himself. There were also paintings of the 300SL.

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