By Patrick Burgoyne

Any one for shoes?

Andy Warhol’s early career as a commercial artist and illustrator is a well-documented precursor to his later artistic fame. In 1955 he was commissioned to produce weekly ads for shoe brand I Miller to run in the New York Times.

Any one for shoes?
You can lead a shoe to water but you can’t make it drink
Dial M for shoeDial M for shoe

At the same time, Warhol produced self-published portfolio, prints and books of his own shoe designs. Warhol would enlist the help of his friends for ‘colouring parties’ to help him produce around 100 versions of each illustration. Captions, which often referenced popular culture, were created by the poet Ralph Pomeroy and written, in her distinctive hand, by Warhol’s mother Julia Warhola.

Beauty is shoe, shoe beauty…Beauty is shoe, shoe beauty…
Shoe fly BabyShoe fly Baby
to shoe or not to shoeto shoe or not to shoe
I dream of jeannie with the light brown shoesI dream of jeannie with the light brown shoes
My shoe is your shoeMy shoe is your shoe

On March 22 in London, Sotheby’s is selling a portfolio of 18 prints of these shoe designs, complete with the work Shoe and Leg, which was produced in 1955. It is estimated to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000. Details here

Shoe of the evening, beautiful shoeShoe of the evening, beautiful shoe
When I'm calling shoeWhen I’m calling shoe
Shoe bright, shoe light, first shoe ive seen tonightShoe bright, shoe light, first shoe ive seen tonight
The autobiography of alice B. shoeThe autobiography of alice B. shoe
Uncle Sam wants Shoe!Uncle Sam wants Shoe!
In her sweet little alice blue shoesIn her sweet little alice blue shoes
Shoe and LegShoe and Leg
Sunset and evening shoeSunset and evening shoe
The complete set of prints from À la recherche du temps perduThe complete set of prints from À la recherche du temps perdu
Cover to the portfolio, À la recherche du temps perduCover to the portfolio, À la recherche du temps perdu

Read more here:: Andy Warhol’s shoes