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Hockney Heated Over Sale of Blind

October 13, 1999

BRIGG, England (AP) _ Artist David Hockney is outraged over the sale of an old kitchen blind covered in drawings he once faxed to his sister.

The blind, with the five drawings glued on, sold at auction Wednesday for $18,150 to Peter Nelson, an entrepreneur who plans to open an art museum in northern England.

The drawings were attached to the blind by Hockney’s sister, Margaret. They were sold by Amanda Gresham, who bought the house in 1991 and was on the verge of throwing out the blind when Hockney’s sister came to pick up some mail.

``I asked her about it and she said her brother had done it and it was probably not worth anything,″ Miss Gresham said.

Hockney condemned the sale in Wednesday’s Independent.

``The whole point of the faxes I made in 1989 is that they were given away,″ he said. ``They cannot be sold _ how would I be paid? ... The philosophy involved was with this new device there was no difference between the original and a reproduction. Copy as many as you want.″

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