Previously unknown silkscreen by Warhol will headline Col. Kirk's Sept. 2 auction in Millville, Pa. A previously unknown and never before offered silkscreen by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol is the expected headliner at a Labor Day sale planned for Sept. 2, by Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery in Millville, Pa.
has become impossible. In summary, its history is a mystery.
Christa Paffgen (1938-1988) is a figure as enigmatic and rooted in the culture of her time as the man who immortalized her in his silkscreen. She was discovered in her native Germany at age 16 by the photographer Herbert Tobias, who nicknamed her “Nico.” She worked for Vogue, Vie Nuove and Coco Chanel before coming to the United States at age 17, around the mid 1950s.
In 1965, Bob Dylan wrote the song I’ll Keep It With Mine for her. She seemed to have a knack for enchanting nearly everyone she met, and that is no doubt what happened with Warhol. She became active with him in the anti-war movement, which greatly touched him and probably inspired him to create Of Thee I Sing. It represented two of Warhol’s passions: Nico and peace.
Christa Paffgen was more than just a model, or even Andy Warhol’s muse. She was also a singer-songwriter who collaborated with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground on their debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967). She was also an actress, appearing in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and Warhol’s Chelsea Girls (1966). She died in a cycling accident in Ibiza, Spain in 1988, at age 49. She will probably be best remembered as a Warhol Superstar.
Of Thee I Sing – Nico measures 18 inches by 24 inches. With a professional three-inch mat and frame, the total size is 26 inches by 32 inches. Photos of the silkscreen and other lots being sold may be seen on the Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery website (www.AuctionsByKirk.com).
Millville, Pa. (also known as Eyersgrove, but when referencing GPS it is best to key in Millville) is located southwest of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, north of Harrisburg and northwest of Allentown, in central Pennsylvania. Left (or absentee) bids will be taken by phone up to the start of the auction (at 570-458-6682). A 10 percent buyer’s premium will apply to all purchases.
Terms of sale will be cash, a bank-approved or certified check, and major credit cards. A preview will be held on auction day, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. until the first gavel comes down, promptly at 11 a.m. Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery handles entire estates, coins, jewelry, antiques, household, grocery (frozen or dry goods), new merchandise and complete business liquidations.
Col. Kirk’s Auction Galley is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about selling a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (570) 458-6682; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery and the upcoming Sept. 2 Labor Day sale, log on to www.AuctionsByKirk.com.