What could be an original Andy Warhol print hidden away in rock star Alice Cooper’s storage might be worth some serious cash.
As The Gaurdian reports, the “School’s Out” singer recently discovered the forgotten silkscreen “rolled up in a tube” after forty long years in hiding. The beloved artifact in question comes from Warhol’s Death and Disaster series and is entitled “Little Electric Chair.”
Cooper’s manager and friend Shep Gordon relayed how the two household names connected years ago in New York City at Max’s Kansas City – the historical grounds of Park Avenue’s most exclusive nightclubs for artists and musicians abound.
“It was back in ’72 and Alice had moved to New York with his girlfriend Cindy Lang,” he said.
“Andy was kind of a groupie, and so was Alice. They loved famous people. So they started a relationship, and they loved to hang out.”
Reportedly, it was Lang who made the decision to purchase the piece at the time, considering it involved subject matter consisting of similar visual material Cooper would use in his live shows at the time.
Lang originally purchased the print for only $2,500; and, while Richard Polsky, a longtime art authenticator, valued Cooper’s “Little Electric Chair” at a likely higher value, the piece is unsigned and won’t be ringing in anywhere near the 11.6m a similar print had gone for back in 2015.
“Truthfully, at the time no one thought it had any real value,” Gordon continued. “Andy Warhol was not ‘Andy Warhol’ back then. And it was all a swirl of drugs and drinking. But you should have seen Alice’s face when Richard Polsky’s estimate came in. His jaw dropped and he looked at me.”
Cooper’s response was, “Are you serious? I own that!”
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