Discover shoe designs by Andy Warhol

A portfolio of vibrant shoe designs by pop art's most renowned artist comes up for sale next week

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Before Andy Warhol became a leading light in the pop art movement and synonymous with images of Marilyn Monroe recoloured in neon shades, he was a commercial illustrator for fashion magazines with a particular expertise drawing shoes.

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In 1955, Warhol was made the only illustrator for the advertising campaigns of I.Miller, a New York shoe manufacturer favoured by actors and dancers. Each week Warhol had to create designs for advertisements in The New York Times and shoes became something of a signature piece.

On 22nd March a complete portfolio of Warhol’s shoe designs titled À la recherche du shoe perdu will be sold at Sotheby’s. A dream buy for fashionistas, it includes 18 unique prints.

Each print is hand-coloured, often by Warhol and his friends when they got together for ‘colouring parties’, and has a witty caption written by the American poet Ralph Pomeroy and inspired by references to pop culture. ‘Dial M for Shoe’ pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock while the title of the portfolio itself plays on Marcel Proust’s famous novel À la recherche du temps perdu.

At £100,000-£150,000, the estimate for the portfolio may be rather more than most budgets, but it’s worth a flick through the gallery above to see a surprising side of Andy Warhol’s work.

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Any one for shoes?

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You can lead a shoe to water but you can’t make it drink

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Dial M for shoe

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Beauty is shoe, shoe beauty…

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Shoe fly Baby

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To shoe or not to shoe

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I dream of Jeannie with the light brown shoes

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My shoe is your shoe

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Shoe of the evening, beautiful shoe

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When I’m calling shoe

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Shoe bright, shoe light, first shoe I’ve seen tonight

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The autobiography of Alice B. Shoe

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Uncle Sam wants Shoe!

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In her sweet little Alice blue shoes

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See a shoe and pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck

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Sunset and evening shoe

À la recherche du shoe perdu is lot 136 in Sotheby’s Prints and Multiples sale on 22nd March. To view the full catalogue, click here. 020 7293 5000; sothebys.com

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To discover more about collecting vintage shoes, take a look at our collector’s guide.