June 22, 2006

Warhol’s wig sells for $10,800 at NY auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - His paintings sell for millions but
fans of Andy Warhol picked up some bargains at an auction of
memorabilia on Thursday, including one of the artist's
trademark silver wigs that sold for $10,800.

Auction house Christie's said the wig was part of sale of
film and entertainment memorabilia that raised a total of
$839,670, with 231 of the 283 lots on offer sold at the auction
in New York.

A pair of the late artist's paint-splattered Ferragamo
shoes went for $7,800 while a paintbrush raised $3,840.

A 1977 Polaroid of Muhammad Ali taken by Warhol and signed
by the boxing legend raised $19,200, more than twice the
presale estimate.

The items were among gifts that the Pop Art icon bestowed
on his nephews when they visited their famous uncle from the
late 1960s until his death in 1987.

The market for Warhol art has been especially hot in recent
years. Just last month Christie's sold his 1962 "Small Torn
Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot)" at auction for nearly $11.8
million -- the highest price paid for one of the artist's
seminal soup can works.

The memorabilia sale also drew high prices for items
associated with other stars, notably Marilyn Monroe. A cocktail
dress she wore in "The Misfits" raised $66,000 and her personal
address and telephone book from 1960-62 went for $31,200.

Two wristwatches owned by Clark Gable were sold for $26,400
and three photographs of Marlon Brando on the set of "A
Streetcar Named Desire" raised $20,400.