Alice Cooper finds Warhol print

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Alice Cooper dis­cov­ered a for­got­ten Andy Warhol print “rolled up in a tube” af­ter it spent 40 years in a stor­age locker. The ‘School’s Out’ singer had kept the red Lit­tle Elec­tric Chair silkscreen - a gift from his for­mer girl­friend Cindy Lang - with a num­ber of his old stage arte­facts but was urged to dig it out four years ago when art dealer Ruth Bloom told the rocker’s man­ager Shep Gor­don how much one of the artist’s pieces had re­cently sold for at auc­tion, and he urged his client to find the print. Shep said: “Alice’s mother re­mem­bered it go­ing into stor­age. So we went and found it rolled up in a tube.” It was then sug­gested Alice hang the print at home but, as another piece from the col­lec­tion pre­vi­ously sold for $11.6 mil­lion, the 69-year-old singer wasn’t keen to have some­thing with such a high value in his house and re­turned it to stor­age. The pic­ture can­not be ver­i­fied be­cause it is un­signed, but Warhol ex­pert Richard Pol­sky has seen the print and is “100%” cer­tain it is gen­uine. And Alice is now con­sid­er­ing hang­ing it in his home when he comes off tour at the end of the year. Shep told The Guardian news­pa­per: “Truth­fully, at the time no one thought it had any real value. “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. ‘Are you se­ri­ous? I own that!’” While Alice thinks he had a con­ver­sa­tion with the late artist, who he be­friended in the early 1970s, about the piece, he was drink­ing so heav­ily at the time, he can’t be cer­tain his mem­ory is re­li­able. Shep said: “It was back in 72 and Alice had moved to New York with his girl­friend Cindy Lang. “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... “As I re­call, Cindy came to me for $2,500 for the paint­ing. At the time Alice is mak­ing two al­bums a year and tour­ing the rest of the time. It was a rock’n’roll time, none of us thought about any­thing. He ends up go­ing into an in­sane asy­lum for his drink­ing and then leaves New York for LA. “Alice says he re­mem­bers hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Warhol about the pic­ture. He thinks the con­ver­sa­tion was real, but he couldn’t put his hand on a Bible and say that it was.”

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