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Warhol print sells for £193,000

Published 11/01/2011 | 20:46

A portrait of Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol, with two bullet holes put there by Dennis Hopper.
A portrait of Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol, with two bullet holes put there by Dennis Hopper.

A bullet-riddled Andy Warhol print owned by Dennis Hopper has sold for £193,000 at auction.

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The 1972 print of a bright blue Mao Zedong with green lips was among 300 items from Hopper's estate offered at Christie's auction house in New York.

The director and star of Easy Rider died last year.

Christie's said the Mao print that sold contained two bullet holes as a result of a wild night when Hopper mistook the portrait for Mao himself and shot at it.

Hopper showed the punctures to Warhol, and the pair agreed to call the work a collaboration.

The sale price included the auction house's commission.

The pre-sale estimate for the print was £12,000 to £19,000.

Christie's did not identify the buyer.

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