Alice Cooper finds Andy Warhol silkscreen in a storage locker

"We found it rolled up in a tube"

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Alice Cooper has found an Andy Warhol silkscreen “rolled up in a tube” in a storage locker, where it lay forgotten for more than 40 years.

The Guardian reports that the canvas is a red Little Electric Chair silkscreen, from Warhol’s Death and Disaster series.

Cooper and Warhol were friendly during the early 1970s, when Cooper lived in New York with his girlfriend Cindy Lang.

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According to Shep Gordon, Cooper’s manager, “Cindy came to me for $2,500 for the painting. At the time Alice is making two albums a year and touring the rest of the time. It was a rock’n’roll time, none of us thought about anything.

“Alice says he remembers having a conversation with Warhol about the picture. He thinks the conversation was real, but he couldn’t put his hand on a Bible and say that it was.”

After a conversation four years ago with Los Angeles art dealer Ruth Bloom, Gordon encouraged Cooper to find the silkscreen.

“Alice’s mother remembered it going into storage,” he said. “So we went and found it rolled up in a tube.”

The top price paid for a Little Electric Chair is $11.6m, at Christie’s in November 2015 for a green version dated 1964.

The Guardian reports that Cooper is considering hanging his Little Electric Chair in his home.

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The September 2017 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring Neil Young on the cover. Elsewhere in the issue, there are new interviews with Mark E Smith, Nick Lowe, Iron & Wine and Sigur Rós, we remember Dennis Wilson and explore the legacy of Elvis Presley. We review Grizzly Bear, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Brian Eno and The War On Drugs. Our free CD features 15 tracks of the month’s best music, including Randy Newman, Richard Thompson, Oh Sees, Lal & Mike Waterson, Psychic Temple, FJ McMahon and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and more.

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