Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In the mid-1960s, Dennis Hopper, then an up-and-coming actor, bought a painting called Sinking Sun by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein—which he then lost to his first wife in their 1969 divorce. “I paid $1,100 for Sinking Sun, ” he explained in an interview. “My ex-wife sold it for $3,000, thinking she’d made a good deal.” After changing hands one more time, the painting was auctioned off in 2006 . . . for $15.78 million.
ONLY U.S. PRESIDENT WITH A FOUR-SYLLABLE LAST NAME: DWIGHT EISENHOWER.