Food Art, Recently at Auction

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Left: Andy Warhol's 1959 "Tom 'N' Jerry." Right: Ralph Goings' 2005 "Coffee and Donuts"

This week Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses held their Post-War and Contemporary art auctions. The day and evening sales of hundreds of works included a share of paintings devoted to food that go beyond the definition of still lifes. And even though some of the works are decades-old, their subjects remain relevant today, with hamburgers, bacon, and mixology all represented. Below, a chronological tour of selected food art pieces, from Andy Warhol's 1959 "Tom 'N' Jerry" (which sold for $47,500) to Ralph Goings' 2005 "Coffee and Donuts" (which sold for $314,500).

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1959, Andy Warhol, Tom N Jerry

waynethiebaudshelfofpies1960

1960, Wayne Thiebaud, Shelf of Pies

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1963, Andy Warhol, Tunafish Disaster

tomwesselmannstudyforgreatamericannude961967

1967, Tom Wesselmann, Study for the Great American Nude #96

sturtevantoldenburgstoreobjectpiecase1967

1967, Sturtevant, Oldenburg Store Object Pie Case

morrisgravesonion1973

1973, Morris Graves, Onion

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1983, Jean Michel Basquist, Brother Sausage. View larger.

andywarholhamburger1986

1986, Andy Warhol's Hamburger

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1995, Wolfgang Tillmans, Last Still Life (New York)

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1998, Vik Muniz, Last Supper Picture in Chocolate. View larger.

jasonrhoades2003saggingbaconconesprickpit

2003, Jason Rhoades, Sagging Bacon Cones Prick Pit

ivannavarrohomelesslampthejuicesucker2004

2004, Ivan Navarro, Homeless Lamp / The Juice Sucker

ralphgoingscoffeeanddonut2005

2005, Ralph Goings, Coffee and Donut

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