Friday, June 23, 2006

Warhol wig sale

His paintings sell for millions but fans of Andy Warhol picked up some bargains at an auction of memorabilia, including one of the artist's trademark silver wigs that sold for more than $14,700.

Auction house Christie's said the wig was part of sale of film and entertainment memorabilia that raised a total of $1.14 million, with 231 of the 283 lots on offer sold at the auction in New York.

A pair of the late artist's paint-splattered Ferragamo shoes went for more than $10,600 while a paintbrush raised more than $5,200.

A 1977 Polaroid of Muhammad Ali taken by Warhol and signed by the boxing legend raised more than $26,100 - more than twice the presale estimate.

The items were among gifts that the Pop Art icon bestowed on his nephews when they visited their famous uncle from the late 1960s until his death in 1987.

The market for Warhol art has been especially hot in recent years.

Just last month Christie's sold his 1962 Small Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot) at auction for more than $16 million - the highest price paid for one of the artist's seminal soup can works.

The memorabilia sale also drew high prices for items associated with other stars, notably Marilyn Monroe.

A cocktail dress she wore in The Misfits raised $90,000 and her personal address and telephone book from 1960-62 went for $42,500.

Two wristwatches owned by Clark Gable were sold for more than $36,000 and three photographs of Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire raised more than $27,000.


yellowdog granny said...

i would have like to have had one shot at marlon when he was skinny....damn he was good looking..

dom said...

with a sawn off or a .45 ?