The dollar ($) is perhaps the most widely-recognised and potent symbol of our time, a shorthand for wealth, power and the American Dream. On 1 and 2 July 2015, Sotheby’s will offer a museum-quality private collection which explores how this iconic motif has provided such a rich source of inspiration for contemporary artists over the last sixty years. At the heart of the collection lies the most important group of Andy Warhol “dollar” paintings in private hands: era-defining masterpieces, led by the artist’s very first painting in the series: One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate), 1962. Estimated at £13-18m, this is the only one of Warhol’s dollars to have been painted entirely by hand. “The collection of Warhols was put together with a unique focus and vision over 30 years, building a group of masterpieces that would be impossible to assemble today” said Cheyenne Westphal, Co-Head,

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