Andy Warhol auction record shattered
The Dekadrachm of Athens
And will it be interesting still to people in 500 or 1000 years? Pretty safe bet.
|Triton XIV, Lot: 124. Estimate $200000.
Sold for $375000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Sure it's not as big a the warhol. And not as grisly. And you can't hang it on your wall. It's only 42 grams and 31 milimeters. Big enough to have some heft in your hand, but it may not impress many of your friends. On the other hand there are less than a dozen known. And of those, very few in this extremely fine condition. And though there are a few fakes they are not that difficult to discredit.
As for the question of what will people think of this artwork in 50 years - well, it's already been admired as a masterpiece for 2500 hundred years. So in another 50 or 500 it's doubtful that opinion will change much. But it was also used to commemorate the Battle of Marathon - one of history's greatest battles. And it is emblematic of classical Athens - the city that invented Democracy. The city that invented the entire system of political thought upon which our society is based. That's kind of interesting too. And you could sell the one Warhol above to buy 200 of these coins. Oh, but only five or six exist in this condition. And even if you wanted to buy one: None are for sale right now. Too bad. Maybe you'd have to settle for this coin: