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Artwork: “Statue of Liberty” (silkscreen, 1962) by Andy Warhol

This Andy Warhol silkscreen of the Statue of Liberty sold for $43.8 million at a 2012 Christie’s sale in New York. The artwork features multiple images of the statue, each depicted with a 3-D effect. Christie’s marketed the piece in a catalogue that came with a pair of 3-D glasses — and a private collector with $43.8 million to spare won the auction. As they say, art is worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

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Folk art legend Howard Finster envisioned American icons — the flag, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and other national treasures — in a new ways. Who else would picture George Washington with black hair, as he is portrayed in the upper-left portion of this flag? As a writer, I gain as much inspiration from artwork and photographs as I do from great literature, and I often turn to the folk art of Howard Finster to set my imagination spinning.

A hand-signed screen print of this 1991 painting is available from New York’s Skot Foreman Gallery. Learn moreĀ here.