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Early Warhol Sketch Worth $2 Million Bought For $5
By Syafiqah Omar, 05 Apr 2012
British businessman Andy Fields found an early Andy Warhol sketch worth US$2 million folded in the back of a set of drawings, which he paid for just US$5 at a Las Vegas garage sale.
Fields unknowingly purchased the set of five drawings back in 2010 from a man who had abused drugs and whose aunt had cared for Warhol in his youth.
“I was reframing one of the pictures and took the backing off and saw a picture looking back at me and recognized the bright red lips of an Andy Warhol,” Fields told the BBC.
The drawing—never before seen in public—turned out to be a 1930s sketch of singer and actor Rudy Vallee.
It is thought to have been etched by art world legend Warhol when he was either 10 or 11.
Experts have hailed it the earliest known example of the late American's Pop Art.
Fields, who thinks the original owner hid the sketch for safekeeping, has expressed no interest in selling the drawing just yet and would like to put in on display in a museum.
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