Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Hopper Warhol print makes £193,000

Dennis Hopper described his Warhol as a 'collaboration'
Dennis Hopper described his Warhol as a 'collaboration'

A bullet-riddled Andy Warhol print owned by Dennis Hopper has sold for 302,500 dollars (£193,000) at auction.

The 1972 print of a bright blue Mao Zedong with green lips was among 300 items from Hopper's estate offered at Christie's auction house in New York. The director and star of Easy Rider died last year.

Christie's said the Mao print contained two bullet holes as a result of a wild night when Hopper mistook the portrait for Mao himself and shot at it.

Hopper showed the punctures to Warhol, and the pair agreed to call the work a collaboration.

The sale price included the auction house's commission.

The pre-sale estimate for the print was 20,000 (£12,000) to 30,000 dollars (£19,000). Christie's did not identify the buyer.

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