Street artist and pop culture prankster Banksy is probably the only artist I can think of who could copy a Warhol and get an extravagant price for it. Sotheby’s described the bidding as “frenzied”: “Originally valued at £10,000 they eventually fetched £50,000.” And if Warhol were alive today, he’d probably approve.
If you caught the recent PBS American Masters documentary on Warhol, you might remember a clip where a reporter questioned Andy about the famous Brillo boxes. The reporter asked, “Why have you bothered to do that? Why not create something new?” Andy replied: “Because it’s easier to do.”