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Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $17 Million As London Art Boom Continues

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Last month, an Andy Warhol portrait of Mao Zedong from late actor Dennis Hopper's collection sold for $302,500.

While that seemed like a lot of money at the time, it's NOTHING compared to what art dealer Larry Gagosian paid for a Warhol self portrait at Christie's on Wednesday.

Gagosian dropped 10.8 million pounds, or $17 million, on a "crimson acrylic and silkscreen Warhol portrait, dating from 1967," which hadn't been publicly shown in over 30 years!

Overall, the Christie’s International auction made 61.4 million pounds ($99 million), strongly contributing to the Art Boom currently taking place in London.

Who is your favorite artist? How much would U spend for their work?

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Iconic Warhol Screenprint Owned By Dennis Hopper Auctioned For Ten Times Its Original Estimation!

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Ha! We suppose it IS truly one of a kind!

An Andy Warhol portrait of communist founder Mao Zedong (above), owned - and apparently repeatedly shot at - by Dennis Hopper sold for ten times its high estimate during an auction of the late actor's art collection at Christie's yesterday!

The 1972 screenprint was estimated to sell for $20-$30k during the two-day event, but was considered unique because of the bullet holes in it, which Hopper famously fired when he "mistook the portrait on his wall for Mao himself and shot at it."

He later showed Warhol himself what he had done, who decided to consider the work a collaboration, and then drew circles around the points of entry, labeled the hole over Mao's right shoulder a "warning shot" and the one in his left eyelid the "bullet hole."

The piece was sold yesterday for a whopping $302,500!

Wow! With a story like that, we're frankly surprised that no one expected it to sell higher than their original estimation!

Who wouldn't want something that ridiculous?!

LOLz! Hopefully now it's going to a good home!

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Dennis Hopper's Art Collection Going Up For Auction

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With Dennis Hopper no longer with us, his vast collection of art, which includes some rather interesting pieces, is finally going up for sale.

Dennis was known as an avid collector of art. Among the 300 pieces in his collection are some rare prints from Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. In fact, Dennis famously shot two bullet holes through Warhol's portrait of Mao Zedong back in the day. Warhol called him a collaborator and now, the "Mao" piece is one of the high-ticket items going up for sale. The 1972 colored screenprint is expected to bring $20,000 to $30,000.

All of Dennis' pieces will be up for auction at Christie’s next week and being a photographer and painter himself, perhaps there might be a piece or two of his up for grabs as well.

We're sure it'll be one of the more interesting collections to behold. No doubt someone is going to walk away with some amazing pieces of art.

One question though - where's all the money from this auction going? Not to his ex-wife, we hope!

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Dennis Hopper's Estate Rejects Ex-Wife's Claim$

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Wowsa!

Dennis Hopper was battling with his ex-wife Victoria in the last stages of his life - and they still exist in his death!

The actor's estate denied Victoria's $45 million claim, but the battle isn't over. She can submit further claims for any property she owns as long as she has proper documentation.

The estate will make sure that their child, Galen, is taken care of.

Victoria's $45,233,653.00 claim may have been rejected, yet they did check the box allowing her claim for $0.00.

Ouch.

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James Franco Options Sal Mineo Biography

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What isn't he doing?!

James Franco has optioned Sal Mineo: A Biography as a potential writing-and-directing vehicle. The book details Mineo's rise to fame in films such as Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus, along with details about his dark side.

Although he became the youngest performer nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar, Sal was murdered at the age of
37 after being stabbed by a pizza delivery man.

The book incluides insights into Mineo's life given by Dennis Hopper, along with Mineo's fiancee Jill Haworth and male lover Courtney Burr.

Inneresting.

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Auctioned Artwork Owned By Late Dennis Hopper Went For Over $10 Million

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He had some pretty rare and important pieces in his possession.

As Dennis Hopper has passed, his collection of artwork was auctioned off this weekend at Christie's in New York. Of the over 40 pieces sold off, there were some rare paintings that went for a lot of money including a portrait of the actor by Andy Warhol and works by Robert Graham and British graffiti artist Banksy. In the end, the Hopper estate made over $10 million off of the lot.

There is said to be another auction of Hopper's artwork in January. Wonder if his money-grubbying ex-wife will try to get her hands on the profits of these things?

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Dennis Hopper's Ex-Wife Wants Him To Pay Her $45 Million

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Yes, we know he's passed, but the woman has a list of funds she believes she is owed, so she's going after his estate to get them, regardless.

Victoria Hopper, ex-wife to the late actor Dennis Hopper, has filed a $45 million creditor's claim against his estate. Between lawyer's fees, child support and a supposed cut of property, that is the number she figures she is owed by Dennis.

In her suit, she also claims to have suffered "a loss of income" and defamation whilst being married and going through a divorce with Dennis, so she wants a couple million for that too.

Someone people don't know when to quit!

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