In the Can Warhol, Basquiat and Doig Works on Sale at Christie's

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

A CAMPBELL'S soup can painting by Andy Warhol, one of the iconic works of Pop Art history, went on show in London today.

The painting and another quintessentially American work -- Roy Lichtenstein's Cup of Coffee -- feature in Christie's sale of post-war and contemporary art on Tuesday.

Warhol's soup can paintings were first conceived in 1962 and are regarded as a landmark in post-war culture. This one, expected to make up to [pounds sterling]3.25 million, was previously in the collection of New York dealer Ileana Sonnabend.

Christie's expert Francis Outred said the fact the Warhol and the Lichtenstein were being sold in London was testament to the importance of the capital in selling to the growing band of international collectors in new markets such as Asia and the Middle East. He said: "It is quite unusual to get a really important piece of American Pop Art in London. Usually we put Pop Art in New York. But people from all over the world have come to live here and it's changed the complexion of London as a sales centre. …

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