Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Dennis Hopper art up for auction

The portrait of Mao Tse-Tung by Andy Warhol, with two bullet holes added by Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper (AP)
The portrait of Mao Tse-Tung by Andy Warhol, with two bullet holes added by Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper (AP)

Dennis Hopper's works of art, memorabilia and decorative arts are going on the auction block in New York.

Among the highlights is a portrait by Andy Warhol titled Mao. The auction house says the late Easy Rider star shot two bullet holes into the portrait of the Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung after a wild night in the early 1970s.

Christie's says Warhol circled the holes and labelled them "warning shot" and "bullet hole". It says the two men agreed to call the work a collaboration.

The screenprint has a pre-sale estimate of 20,000 to 30,000 dollars. (£13,000-£19,000)

The January 11-12 sale also has posters from the film star's movies, including Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet. Most are estimated to sell for 200 to 500 dollars (£130-£320).

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