Items owned by late New York dance club impresario Steve Rubell were auctioned off in Florida last week, including several items from Rubell’s iconic disco, Studio 54. Via New York Times:
The auction house said on Tuesday that the Rubell collection accounted for total sales of $316,680, with the highest single price being paid for a metal sculpture made by Andy Warhol, of a metal band stenciled with dollar signs. (That item sold for $52,800 to James Elkind, the owner of Lost City Arts in Manhattan.) A Polaroid photograph taken by Warhol of Mr. Rubell with Tina Turner, Cher and Rod Stewart sold for $11,400, and a painting made by Michael Vollbracht depicting Mr. Rubell surrounded by the names of his famous friends and club guests was sold for $18,000. (The buyers of those items were not disclosed.) Other sale items included photos of Truman Capote dancing at a birthday party for Elizabeth Taylor ($1,320) and of Salvador Dali with the rock singer Apollonia ($2,520).
It’s times like this we wish we had money.