“Open this End, 1962, stands alone on the cusp of Andy Warhol’s transition from commentator to iconographer. 1962 brought a deluge of national attention for the artist, namely for his portrayal of Marilyn Monroe shortly aer her death. His work was premiering in two pivotal exhibitions: at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles and at Stable Gallery in New York City. But while many were enraptured with the image of the late star, it was the other works in Warhol’s oeuvre that most carefully outlined his Pop Project. Warhol was at the center of the most controversial moment in art history, and the present lot only fanned the flames further.” (G. Frei and N. Printz, The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 1: Paintings and Sculpture 1961-1963, Phaidon, 2002, cat. no. 182, p. 157 (illustrated)) Pictured: Andy Warhol, Open This End, 1962, silkscreen ink on linen, 16 x 13 in. (40.6 x 33 cm.) Signed and dated “Andy Warhol 1962” on the reverse.