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Steve Wynn’s Lichtenstein redhead fetches $43 million at auction
By Don Chareunsy, Vegas DeLuxe editor
Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting of a pouting redhead owned by billionaire Steve Wynn sold for an artist record $42.6 million last night at Christie’s International auction in New York. Bloomberg reported that Lichtenstein’s “Ohhh ... Alright ...” squashed the artist’s record of $16.3 million, and total sales for the evening were $272.9 million, four times the amount last year and the largest total since May 2008.
“The patient has made a full recovery,” New York art adviser Stefano Basilico told Bloomberg. “Not that we are back to 2007, to those crazy levels, but we are back to healthy, good shape.”
The 75-lot event, with 93 percent of lots drawing purchasers, attracted actress Kate Hudson, in a leopard-spotted coat and brown velvet hat, Princess Gloria Thurn und Taxis and Warhol Foundation President Joel Wachs.
“It’s my first sale, and it was totally fascinating,” Hudson said. “A friend of mine was selling something.” Hudson on Monday hosted the 2010 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, whose recipients included Caesars Palace headliner Cher and Las Vegas regular Fergie accompanied my her actor husband Josh Duhamel.
Comedy actor Steve Martin previously owned Lichtenstein’s comic-strip-inspired work. Wynn purchased seven paintings, including the Lichtenstein, from the New York gallery Acquavella in March 2008 for a total of $50 million.
An Andy Warhol work from the estate of the late actor Dennis Hopper, an avid supporter of the on-hiatus CineVegas Film Festival, was sold for $962,500. The blue streaked portrait features Hopper in a cowboy hat. Mr. Vegas DeLuxe Robin Leach reported the auction story Nov. 1.
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