Dennis Hopper art up for auction


The portrait of Mao Tse-Tung by Andy Warhol, with two bullet holes added by Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper (AP)

Works of art, memorabilia and decorative arts that belonged to the late Easy Rider film star Dennis Hopper are going on the auction block in New York.

Among the highlights is a portrait by Andy Warhol titled Mao. The auction house says Dennis shot two bullet holes into the portrait of the Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung after a wild night in the early 1970s.

Christie’s says Warhol circled the holes and labelled them “warning shot” and “bullet hole”. It says the two men agreed to call the work a collaboration.

The screenprint has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. (£13,000-£19,000)

The January 11-12 sale also has posters from Dennis’ movies, including Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet. Most are estimated to sell for $200 to $500. (£130-£320)

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