Andy Warhol once said that in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
On April 3 2017, a painting of Chairman Mao from Andy Warhol’s series of Mao portraits got more than its fair share of fame when it auctioned off at US$12.7m.
The painting, which had garnered a large amount of attention, is titled as Mao and is one of the 28 oil-and-silkscreen inks on canvas painted by Warhol in 1973.
It measures at 50 by 42 inches and the picture is based on the most reproduced Mao Zedong portrait of all: the official photograph of the former Chinese leader’s head and bust with the iconic buttoned-up jacket.
The original portrait hangs from the gate to the Forbidden City at Tiananmen square in Beijing and is regularly changed for a fresh one due to the heavy pollution in China.
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