“You can’t have preconceived ideas. You have to live in the moment. You have to keep yourself open.”

— Dennis Hopper, 2010

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Dennis Hopper, 1977

unique Polacolor Polaroid print; copyright credit blindstamp (in the margin); Estate stamp (on the verso); 3¾ x 2¾ in. (9.5 x 7 in.) - Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

The Dennis Hopper Collection

Provenance: with Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills.

NEW YORK, NY. (AP).- Dennis Hopper shot two bullet holes through an Andy Warhol portrait of Mao Zedong but instead of earning the wrath of the artist, Warhol called the "Easy Rider" star a collaborator.

Warhol's "Mao" is among 300 works of fine art and memorabilia owned by the late actor-director of the 1969 counterculture film up for auction at
Christie's next week. The 1972 colored screenprint is expected to bring $20,000 to $30,000.

Most of the items adorned the actor's Venice Beach, Calif., home.

Hopper, who was twice nominated for Oscars and earned a star last year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died of prostate cancer at his home in May. He was 74.

The actor/director was already stricken with cancer when he attended the ceremony for the unveiling of his commemorative star. The framed plaque of the star that Hopper received as a momento of the event is being sold next week for an estimated $1,000 to $1,500.

Hopper began collecting in the 1960s after the venerable actor, Vincent Price, himself an avid collector of Impressionist art, told him: "You need to collect, this is where you need to put your money," said Cathy Elkies, Christie's director of iconic collections. "This really was his calling."

Hopper, a photographer and painter himself, became immersed in the West Coast artist scene and pop art movement, becoming close friends with Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and many of the other artists he collected.

While eclectic, "there is some depth of certain artists" among the fine art works in the collection, including those by Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner and George Herms.

Conner's "Picnic on the Grass" and Warhol's "Mao" are the highest priced items in the sale. "Picnic on the Grass" also is expected to bring between $20,000 to $30,000.

The shooting incident involving "Mao" occurred sometime in the early 1970s at Hopper's Los Angeles home, said Alex Hitz, a family friend and a trustee of the estate.

"One night in the shadows, Dennis, out of the corner of his eyes, saw the Mao and he was so spooked by it that he got up and shot at it, twice, putting two bullet holes in it," Hitz told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. "Andy saw it, loved it and annotated those holes" labeling them "warning shot" and "bullet hole."

Hopper's four children are selling the collection because "it was Dennis' wish to sell everything," said Hitz.

"How do you cut a Warhol and all those other wonderful pieces by four," he added.

Elkies said Hopper's Venice Beach house was filled "literally from floor to ceiling with art, and realistically they (the children) couldn't take that on."

She said the family was holding on to the more sentimental pieces, including Hopper's own photography and paintings.

Posters from the movies he starred in, including "Apocalypse Now," ''Blue Velvet" and "Speed," are estimated to sell for $200 to $500.

A 158-page unbound "Easy Rider" script, with extensive handwritten notes on the back of two pages is being offered at a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000. A three-sheet poster from the film, which also starred the then unknown actor Jack Nicholson, is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

Hopper costarred with Peter Fonda in "Easy Rider," about two pot-smoking, drug-dealing hippies on a cross-country motorcycle trip. It netted a best-screenplay Oscar nomination for Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern.

He also starred as a drugged-out journalist in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now."

In the 2000s, he was featured in such films as "Jesus' Son" and the television series "Crash."

Christie's offered 30 works from the Hopper collection in November when a 1987 Jean-Michael Basquiat mixed media work, "Untitled," sold for $5.8 million. By: Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Marilyn: one plate (F. & S. II.27)

screenprint in colors, 1967, on wove paper, signed and dated in pencil on the reverse, numbered 120/250 (there were also 26 artist proofs), published by Factory Additions, New York, the full sheet, framed; S. 36 x 36 in. (914 x 914 mm.) - Estimate $40,000 - $60,000

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) in collaboration with Dennis Hopper (1936-2010), Mao: one plate (F. & S. II. 99)

screenprint in colors, 1972, on Beckett High White, signed in ball-point pen on the reverse, stamp-numbered 144/250 (there were also 50 artist's proofs), co-published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York, with the artist's copyright stamp on the reverse, the full sheet; S. 36 x 36 in. (914 x 914 mm.) - Estimate $20,000 - $30,000

The Dennis Hopper Collection

Literature: J. Schnabel ed., Dennis Hopper Double Standard, 2010, p. 49 (illustrated).

Exhibited: Paris, Centre National de la Cinématographie and Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood, October 2008-April 2010, p. 173 (illustrated).

Notes: Dennis Hopper fired two gun shots at the present lot and he later showed the results of his actions to Andy Warhol and the two artists collaborated on marking the warning shot and the bullet hole on the front of the frame.

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C.O. Paeffgen (German, b. 1933), Tony Shafrazi, Hans Meyer, Dennis Hopper

signed and dated 'C.O.P. 89' (upper left); and signed again 'C.O. Paeffgen' (on the stretcher); oil on photograph printed on canvas laid down on masonite; 43 x 42½ in. (109.2 x 108 cm.). Painted in 1989. - Estimate $15,000 - $20,000

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Joel Peter Witkin (B. 1939), The Prince Imperial, New Mexico, 1981

gelatin silver print; signed, titled, dated, numbered '2/3' and copyright notation in pencil (on the verso); 28½ x 28½ in. (72.4 x 72.4 cm.) - Estimate $10,000 - $15,000

The Dennis Hopper Collection

Provenance: with G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles.
Acquired from the above in March 1986.

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Jonathan Yeo (British, b. 1970), Untitled (Portrait of Dennis Hopper)

signed and dated 'YEO 2005' (on the reverse); oil on canvas; 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm.). Painted in 2005. Estimate  $8,000 - $12,000

Provenance: Acquired as a gift from the artist in 2006.

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Joel Peter Witkin (B. 1939), Portrait of Nan New Mexico 1984

gelatin silver print; signed, titled, dated, numbered '13/15' and copyright notation in pencil (on the verso); 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm.) - Estimate $7,000 - $9,000

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Helmut Newton (1920-2004), Dennis Hopper, Venice, 1985

gelatin silver print; signed, dated and inscribed in ink (in the margin); 14¼ x 11½ in. (36.2 x 29.2 cm.) - Estimate $5,000 - $7,000

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Victor Skrebneski (B. 1929), Dennis Hopper, 1990

gelatin silver diptych; signed and dated in ink (on the recto); overall 19¼ x 29¼ in. (48.9 x 74.3 cm.) - Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

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Annie Leibovitz (B. 1947), Portrait of Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken at Chateau Marmont, 1995

chromogenic print; signed, dated, inscribed and dedicated in ink (in the margin); 7¾ x 11½ in. (19.7 x 29.2 cm.) - Estimate $3,000 - $5,000

The Dennis Hopper Collection

Provenance: Acquired as a gift from the artist.

Exhibited: Paris, Centre National de la Cinématographie and Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood, October 2008-April 2010, p. 46 (illustrated).

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Julian Schnabel (American, b. 1951), Untitled (Portrait of Dennis Hopper)

signed with initials and dedicated 'To Dennis Love J.S.' (lower right); watercolor on paper; 18¾ x 13 in. (47.6 x 33 cm.) - Estimate $1,000 - $1,500

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Werner Pawlok (b. 1953) and another hand, Dennis Hopper, 1992; and Dennis Hopper, 2005

unique Polacolor Polaroid print; gelatin silver print; signed, dated and inscribed in marker (on the recto); signed, dated and inscribed in ink (on the verso); 27½ x 22 in. (69.9 x 55.9 cm.); 13¼ x 10½ in. (33.7 x 26.7 cm.), both unframed (2) - Estimate $400 - $600

The Dennis Hopper Collection

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