Andy Warhol's Mercedes Benz Formel-Rennwagen W125 1937New York, NY – Mercedes-Benz presents a unique exhibition of rare pieces by Andy Warhol at Drive-In Studios’ Lott Gallery, located at 443 West 18th Street from April 6th – May 4th, 2007 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm).

The show's centerpiece is a series of 17 vivid, original pieces by Warhol commissioned by and of Mercedes-Benz, and subjects include classics such as:

  • The 1886 three wheeler, widely recognized as the first automobile;
  • The 1955 W196 streamliner race car, the celebrated 1954 300 SL Gullwing, and
  • The 1969 C111 concept car. 

Andy WarholIn celebration of the marque’s 100th anniversary, Warhol was originally commissioned to complete 80 canvasses representing multiple periods of Mercedes-Benz history, though his passing in 1987 left just a fraction of the works completed.

The Warhols, featuring some of Mercedes-Benz’s most celebrated vehicles as subjects. Many of the iconic cars represented in his work have been embedded in America’s pop-culture consciousness. The Mercedes-Benz sponsored event is an exceptional opportunity to view how Andy Warhol immortalized these classics in his own work.

UPDATE: A few days after we posted this story, the NY Times Blog "Wheels" picked up our post from a feed and added more info on the Warhol display. For a little more info on the display, visit their blog post here.

The painting, “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I),” is being sold at a Christie’s auction according to the NY Times' post, Fasten Seat Belts for Warhol at Auction. It is a rare Warhol that is expected to topple previous sales records according to Carol Vogel of the NY Times.