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Alice Cooper Forgot He Had a Multi-Million Dollar Andy Warhol Print in Storage

Alice Cooper Forgot He Had a Multi-Million Dollar Andy Warhol Print in Storage

Andy Warhol, Alice Cooper
Associated Press

It was “rolled up in a tube” with old touring props from the '70s. 

Think about how good it feels to find a stray $5 bill in a jacket you haven't worn in months or last night's jeans. Now think about how good Alice Cooper must have felt when he discovered a forgotten Andy Warhol print he had in storage worth millions of dollars.

According to The Guardian, Cooper had a red Little Electric Chair silkscreen "rolled up in a tube" in one of his storage lockers alongside relics of his touring past. The print, dated either 1964 or 1965, was part of Warhol's Death and Disaster series based off a 1953 photo of the death chamber at Sing Sing prison, where Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed on charges of Russian espionage.

Shep Gordon, Cooper's longtime manager, began hunting for the Warhol print after an art dealer told him how much it could be worth four years ago. "Alice says he remembers having a conversation with Warhol about the picture," he told The Guardian, "but he couldn't put his hand on a Bible and say that it was." Cindy Lang, an ex-girlfriend of Cooper's, paid Warhol $2500 for the print and then gave it to Gordon for safekeeping.

Andy Warhol, Alice Cooper, Little Electric Chair

Though the Andy Warhol Foundation stopped authenticating works in 2011 after legal disputes, an expert told Cooper his rediscovered print is legitimate. A green version of Little Electric Chair went for $11.6m at Christie's in 2015.

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