Saturday, May 14, 2011
The Cult of Liz is Growing
As if to prove the old adage that some celebrities are worth more dead than alive, the famous Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor sold at auction yesterday in New York City for 26.9 million dollars. Wow.
Take one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, mix him with one of the biggest movie stars of all time, and presto, instant millions. Well, not exactly, some of Warhol's paintings were worthless at the time that he actually painted them; it was only years after his death that some of his work has reached their current worth. We love the story of how Warhol used to give his plumber paintings instead of paying him money, and now, 50 years later, that plumber's Warhol collection is worth untold millions. Lucky plumber, something tells us his roto-rooter days are over for good.
As for Elizabeth Taylor, she is quickly gaining entry into that select club of celebrities, Marilyn, James Dean, Elvis, who become even more famous, and financially successful, than they ever were in life.