In 2013 Andy Warhol‘s Silver Automotive Crash (Double Catastrophe), a 1963 portray displaying an image of bloody accident printed many occasions over, bought at Sotheby’s for $104.5 million, making it then the most costly work by the Pop artist ever to be auctioned. However in an alternate world, that portray—or a model of it, anyway—bought for $106 million throughout a silent public sale that was intercepted by two undercover spies.
That alternate world is portrayed in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the brand new Amazon tv collection about an espionage-inflected organized marriage between two staff of a shadowy group. The titular couple, performed by Donald Glover and Maya Erskine, is distributed within the second episode to intercept a rich man attempting to buy the Warhol portray throughout a glitzy New York perform.
No Warhol portray of that caliber would ever be bought at a celebration like that one, after all. Silver Automotive Crash (Double Catastrophe) belongs to “Demise and Catastrophe,” an acclaimed collection by which the artist appropriated sleazy photos of carnage, and screen-printed them repeatedly, in order that the photographs appeared distressed and solely partially inked. The “Demise and Catastrophe” works are amongst Warhol’s most well-known ones, with some residing in main establishments.
That’s why the Sotheby’s public sale was so extremely anticipated. The actual Silver Automotive Crash (Double Catastrophe) had been held in the identical European non-public assortment for 20 years earlier than coming to sale in 2013, and was pegged with an $80 million excessive estimate. The portray ended up besting that; the report minted by the sale stood till 2022, when a Warhol portray of Marilyn Monroe bought at public sale for $195 million.
It’s not clear who purchased Silver Automotive Crash (Double Catastrophe), however the bidder for the model of Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a billionaire performed by John Turturro, of Huge Lebowski fame. We gained’t spoil what occurs as soon as he’s intercepted by John and Jane Smith, however we’ll depart it at this: the precise purchaser of Silver Automotive Crash (Double Catastrophe) most likely fared higher.