Warhol Portraits Stolen From L.A. Home
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
A series of silk-screen paintings, made by Andy Warhol and mainly depicting ’70s-era athletes such as Dorothy Hamill and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has allegedly been stolen from collector Richard L. Weisman’s home on Los Angeles’ Westside. —KA
Los Angeles Times:
A $1-million reward has been offered by an anonymous source for information leading to the recovery of the paintings. Weisman, who was friends with Warhol, commissioned the silk-screen paintings in the late 1970s – a time when Warhol produced hundreds of pieces of work for wealthy patrons able to pay the roughly $25,000 he charged for portraits. While not considered by collectors to be examples of Warhol’s best painting work, “The Athletes” series is well-known.
The total value of the work was not immediately known.
“I commissioned him to do this set of athletes because, generally speaking, the worlds of art and sports don’t mesh that well,” Weisman said in a recent interview with The Times.