Original Andy Warhol drawing of Queen Elizabeth II discovered at estate sale, going up for auction in CT

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A rare, original Andy Warhol drawing of Queen Elizabeth II is among the featured items slated for sale by Nest Egg Auctions in Plantsville on December 31. Find out more at NestEggAuctions.com

A rare, original Andy Warhol drawing of Queen Elizabeth II is among the featured items slated for sale by Nest Egg Auctions in Plantsville on December 31. Find out more at NestEggAuctions.com

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Known for jumpstarting the pop art movement with pieces like the "Campbell’s Soup Cans" and "Marilyn Diptych," Andy Warhol was a renowned artist whose impact is still felt in the art community. Given that level of prestige, it would surprise many that an original drawing of his was found hiding in an estate sale nine years ago.

"Drawing of Queen Elizabeth II" was discovered by an Arizona woman in California, who found the art underneath a pile of frames, said Ryan Brechlin, a Nest Egg Auctioneer. Nest Egg Auctions is a Plantsville, Conn., auction house that is putting the artwork on sale at the end of next month. The piece is currently on consignment to the auction house from the owner. 

“Even in this simplified, cleverly abbreviated form, there’s no mistaking the Queen and Warhol’s genius immediately,” said Brechlin in a press release. “Unlike one of his serigraphs, however, this is a one-of-a-kind item.”

The piece is drawn with red crayon on brown paper, and estimated to be either from the 70s or 80s. According to Nest Egg Auctions, the drawing is inspired by John Hedgecoe’s 1966 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which was used on postage stamps in the United Kingdom. In 1985, Warhol produced "Reigning Queens 1985," a series of sixteen screen prints that depicted four actively ruling monarchs at the time: Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. 

A rare, original Andy Warhol drawing of Queen Elizabeth II is among the featured items slated for sale by Nest Egg Auctions in Plantsville on December 31. Find out more at NestEggAuctions.com

A rare, original Andy Warhol drawing of Queen Elizabeth II is among the featured items slated for sale by Nest Egg Auctions in Plantsville on December 31. Find out more at NestEggAuctions.com

COURTESY OF NEST EGG AUCTIONS

According to Brechlin, the authenticity of the drawing has also been verified. There are two stamps on the back of the drawing from the Andy Warhol Estate that denotes that the piece is an authentic Warhol. Brechlin said the Estate of Andy Warhol confirmed its authenticity and "placed the official stamp on the back along with a signature." 

"Drawing of Queen Elizabeth II" will go on sale during Nest Egg Auctions’ New Year’s Sale, which will begin on Dec. 31. The pre-sale auction estimate is between $10-20k but some of his more notable drawings can fetch upward of $60k, according to Brechlin.

In May, Warhol's “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn," a silk screen from 1964, sold for $195 million at Christie's in New York, becoming the most expensive piece of art ever to sell at auction.