For her diamond jubilee celebration, the year-long celebration of her 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II bought her self a gift, actually 4 gifts. Paintings by famed pop artist Andy Warhol became part of the Royal Collection for a cost that will not be shared with the public.
The paintings are a colorful contemporary glance at a younger Queen Elizabeth executed in classic Andy Warhol fashion.
The Warhol paintings are first modern art to enter the palace doors. Created with screen-printing in 1985, the paintings are part of Warhol’s body of work called Reigning Queens.
Andy Warhol, who died in 1987 gained fame in part due his celebrity paintings of not only Queen Elizabeth but other icons like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
The portraits are scheduled to be displayed at Windsor Castle for “The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch at Windsor Castle” exhibit starting in November and running through June 2013.