You sometimes come across treasures tucked away in corners. That at least seems to be what happened to singer Alice Cooper recently, when he discovered a silkscreen signed by Andy Warhol among his things. It shows an electric chair on a red ground and comes from the famous series Death and Disaster.
The work was rolled up and placed in a corner of a room next to an electric chair that Alice Cooper had used on stage during the 1970s. According to the Guardian, the silkscreen had been there for almost 40 years.
Cooper’s manager, Shep Gordon, explained the history of the silkscreen to AFP. It’d been offered to the singer by his girlfriend at the time, Cindy Lang, and it had been carried around on the tour the singer was then engaged in. The years passed and Alice Cooper completely forgot its existence. Gordon stated today that the singer had not set eyes on the work since the early 1970s.
When talking to an art dealer a few years back, Gordon was told that Warhol’s works were selling at record prices. He remembered Cooper’s silkscreen and decided to look for it. Thanks to his mother, he found it in a storage room. Cooper has now decided to have it framed and to hang it in his home.
To create this series of silkscreens, Warhol used a photograph of the electric chair in which Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953. In 2014, a similar work, his Big Electric Chair, was sold for $20.4 million at Sotheby’s.