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Alice Cooper's rock'n'roll warhol

Little Electric Chair. Photo courtesy of Alice Cooper.

Little Electric Chair. Photo courtesy of Alice Cooper.

Heavy metal musician and "Godfather of Shock Rock" Alice Cooper recently discovered that he has unknowingly owned a "Little Electric Chair" painting by Andy Warhol since 1972. The musician developed a friendship with Warhol in the early 1970s they both frequented Max's Kansas City. Warhol reportedly thought the painting, which depicts the electric chair at the notorious Sing Sing prison, was appropriate for Cooper, who performed a fake electrocution in his stage show.

It appears that Cooper purchased the work for USD $2,500 in 1972, but forgot that he done so. Cooper describes this period in his life as "a swirl of drink and drugs," and he was also admitted to a psychiatric hospital shortly thereafter.

The painting, which has never been stretched, was discovered rolled up in a tube in storage space owned by Cooper.

Comparable works from the "Little Electric Chair" series have sold at auction for up to USD $11.6 million.


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