A Copy of Warhol's 'Wild Raspberries' Goes on Auction Later This Month
Andy Warhol is perhaps best known for his pop art pieces depicting soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But, folks often forget that he worked as a commercial illustrator early in his career. Because of the straight-laced nature of that work, he would dive into independent projects with a little more freedom to express the sardonic attitude we’d see in his later, more successful creations.
One such project, a satirical cookbook entitled Wild Raspberries—a play Ingmar Bergman's film title Wild Strawberries—was created with friend Suzie Franklin, a prominent interior designer, and his mom, Julia, who hand calligraphed the book. The book was a send-up of the elaborate, Haute French cookbooks and recipes that were popular at the time.
Wild Raspberries was self-published, with only 34 ever produced, so when one comes up for auction, signed by Warhol, it will almost certainly fetch a small fortune. Later this month, auction house Bonhams will have one available, and they expect the book to go for between $30,000-$50,000. This particular copy features an inscription to D. D. Ryan, who would also play a critical role in creating the Eloise series of children's books during her time as an editor at Harper’s Baazar.
Still, it's a lovely glance at the Warhol to come, and the illustrations add a playful element to the mischievous writing and silly recipes.
For those of us on a modest budget, as of this writing, a used 1997 hardcover printing goes for about $200 on Amazon.