Warhol, pinball all appeal at Dennis Hopper auction

Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:11am EST
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - From the sublime to the silly, artwork, furniture and memorabilia owned by Dennis Hopper was auctioned off in New York this week.

Typical was an Andy Warhol portrait of Mao Zedong which the actor shot two bullets through and still fetched $302,500.

The two-day sale at Christie's, which ended on Wednesday and combined with a November auction of Hopper's most valuable art work, totaled more than $14.7 million including the auction house's commission.

The Warhol, which set a new auction record for a single print from the pop artist's iconic Mao series, soared to more than 10 times its high pre-sale estimate, while another Warhol screenprint of Marilyn Monroe from 1967 fetched $206,500, about four times the estimate.

But the sale wasn't only about fine or fashionable art.

Hopper's annotated script from his seminal, low budget 1969 film "Easy Rider," a huge hit in which Hopper and Peter Fonda co-starred as bikers on the open road, sold for $20,000.

Hopper's "Waterworld"-themed pinball machine, from the ill-fated Kevin Costner futuristic saga in which Hopper also starred, sold for $1,375, while his leather Eames chair and ottoman went for $8,750.

Even fans with more modest budgets could pick up a movie poster from Hopper's collection for a few hundred dollars.   Continued...