The art of fashion: Andy Warhol's shoe designs to sell for up to $216K

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  • Sotheby's London is selling a portfolio of shoe illustrations by Andy Warhol
  • The prints were created in the 1950s, when Warhol worked as a commercial illustrator
  • Sotheby's estimates the set will sell for £100,000 to £150,000 ($144,350 to $216,525)

(CNN)Here's your chance to own Andy Warhol's shoes -- sort of.

On Tuesday, Sotheby's London is auctioning a portfolio of 18 shoe prints by the famed pop artist for an estimated £100,000 to £150,000 ($144,350 to $216,525) as part of a Prints & Multiples sale.
    From 1953 to 1959, Warhol worked as a commercial artist for magazines and ad agencies, including a stint as the sole illustrator for defunct New York shoe brand I. Miller, for whom he created these illustrations.
    Andy Warhol pictured in 1971.
    The set hitting the auction block -- comprising 16 lithographs of individual shoes, as well as a double cover -- was hand-dyed by Warhol and his friends at coloring parties he hosted around 1955. (In total, they colored about 100 prints of each illustration.)
    The playful captions, which often riffed on pop culture (for example, I dream of jeannie with the light brown shoes), were written by poet Ralph Pomeroy, and printed by Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola.
    Check out the gallery above for a look at the portfolio's most irreverent designs.