A row of vintage pinball machines painted by California artist Wayne Thiebaud, who’s turning 100 in November, may fetch as much as $25 million at Christie’s next month.
The 1962 canvas—“Four Pinball Machines”—will be among the top lots of a relay-style auction on July 10. Even if the work sells at the low estimate of $18 million, that would be more than double Thiebaud’s auction record.
Thiebaud is known for his sumptuous depictions of cakes, ice cream cones, lollipops and other ordinary objects, which he turned into iconic Pop art images. “Four Pinball Machines”—curiously titled as it appears to depict five of them—hasn’t been seen in public since the artist’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art two decades ago.