A luxury Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, 1974, once belonging to famous artist Andy Warhol was bought by Wilkes-Barre art collector Ken Marquis in 1990, after the artist’s death in 1987. Last year, Marquis sold it to a Los Angeles businessman who is also a Warhol fan and his avid collector. The vintage car has reached Hollywood and is being used for a traveling exhibition of the artist’s work.
For nearly three decades, the car was kept in a downtown garage behind Marquis’ art business. Marquis used to showcase this vehicle that once transported Warhol and many of his celebrity friends.
“Everything has a time and place. I enjoyed it for 25 years,” Marquis said. “I was ready to see someone else enjoy it as well. I was using it less and less. I felt it should either be used or displayed. And it wasn’t getting used a whole lot and it wasn’t being displayed. I was housing it. I was looking for an Andy Warhol aficionado who loves automobiles who also had a sizable amount of disposable income. There really isn’t a big market for that.”
The buyer, Ron Rivlin, 44, of Revolver Gallery, Los Angeles, is himself a Warhol fan. He said he purchased the car as a birthday present to himself and the vehicle was part of his traveling “Andy Warhol: Revisited” tour throughout 2017. The tour coincided with the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death. He also said the car will be featured in an upcoming two-month exhibition in March in Toronto, Rivlin’s hometown. According to Rivlin, the car fits nicely in his studio. “It’s more of a museum piece. It’s a renaissance piece,” Rivlin said. “You sit in it and feel the age of it,” as reported by Standard Speaker.
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