The singer Alice Cooper found a Classic from Andy Warhol rolled up in a tube after 40 years. The Warhol piece is worth more than $10 million. The artwork found was the Little Electric Chair in red from Warhol’s Death and Disaster series.
So, why does Alice Cooper have this piece? He and Warhol became friends in New York City in the early seventies. The artist was seen in some concerts and they used to hang out around the city.
Manager Shep Gordon explained “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.”
Warhol’s “Little Electric Chair is unsigned but expert Richard Polsky said he is certain the piece is authentic. Polsky told the Guardian: “It looks right, and the story just makes too much sense. It’s hard to appreciate how little Warhol’s art was worth at the time. Twenty-five hundred was the going rate at the time. Why would Andy give him a fake? He had plenty of electric chairs. They were not an easy sell. They weren’t decorative in the conventional sense. It’s a brutal image.”
Gordon said that when Cooper found out the estimated price of this art he declined to hang it around his house. “You should have seen Alice’s face when Richard Polsky’s estimate came in,” Gordon said. “His jaw dropped and he looked at me. ‘Are you serious? I own that!’