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Alice Cooper Finds Andy Warhol Artwork Worth Millions in Storage

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Andy Warhol's "Little Electric Chair" (SFMOMA)

By    |   Monday, 24 Jul 2017 03:14 PM

Rock star Alice Cooper found a valuable painting by artist Andy Warhol rolled in a tube in a storage locker where it has been for more than 40 years.

The painting is a silkscreen called “Little Electric Chair” in red that Cooper used in the 1970s as part of his stage show, The Guardian reported. Cooper and Warhol were friends, and Cooper's then-girlfriend bought the painting for $2,500 from Warhol to use in the show. Now, the painting could be worth about $10 million (another print in green sold for more than $11 million in 2015).

Cooper’s 1964 painting is unsigned, so it may not be worth as much as the one sold at auction, but it is widely believed to be real.

"Why would Andy give him a fake?" said Richard Polsky, a Warhol expert, The Guardian reported. "He had plenty of electric chairs. They were not an easy sell ... it’s a brutal image."

The paintings were based on a 1953 press photo of the SingSing prison electric chair, in which Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for attempting to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Russians.

Cooper’s business manager Shep Gordon said the rock star may now hang the painting in his home for a while, or he may sell it at some point, ArtNet News reported.

Some witter users wished they had found the Warhol artwork while others doubted its authenticity.

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