Alice Cooper Just Realized He Got a Warhol Electric Chair 40 Years Ago and Totally Forgot About It
The discovery could be the first major market test of a new Warhol authentication service.
Andy Warhol with Alice Cooper in 1974. Photo by Bob Gruen. Courtesy Bob Gruen.
How rock n’ roll is Alice Cooper? He is so rock n’ roll that he actually forgot about a canvas believed to be by Andy Warhol that he received as a gift in the 1970s and later put into storage.
Soon, that painting will see the light of day again—first in Cooper’s home, and then potentially on the market—thanks to advice from a Los Angeles collector and a San Francisco private dealer.
Back in the early 1970s, when Cooper was touring the world, he typically included an unusual theatrical element in his macabre shock rock act: an actual electric chair. Aware of his fondness for the sinister stage prop, Cooper’s then-girlfriend, Cindy Lang (a model who had appeared on the cover of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine), bought him an Andy Warhol red electric chair silkscreen in 1974. She paid $2,500 for it.