Inside the story of Keith Haring’s fridge, at auction with Madonna’s ‘tag’

This icebox is worth some cold, hard cash.

On Wednesday, Guernsey’s will auction off a refrigerator door that belonged to Keith Haring. The object - from the artist’s 1980s apartment at 325 Broome St. downtown - features more than 80 signatures and “tags,” including those believed to be by Madonna and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Even more amazing, the artifact nearly perished before the current owner - who lived in Haring’s old unit in the early 1990s - grabbed it from a back alley before a garbage crew could take it away.

“It’s a one in a million kind of thing,” Guernsey’s president Arlan Ettinger told The Post. (Ettinger said that the piece is being sold “without minimum reserve,” meaning it will go for whatever the highest bid is.)

Haring often had raucous get-togethers at his Soho apartment, and his artistic guests left their marks on every surface of his home, from the brightly painted walls to the front door to his white icebox.

“We tagged everything,” artist Cy Adams told The Post, recalling the crowded, celeb-filled parties Haring would throw at his apartment. “When you’re a young graffiti artist, you don’t even think twice about it.”

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Haring moved out of the Broome Street apartment shortly before he died of AIDS in 1990. That’s when the fridge’s current owner, an artist who now lives in San Francisco and wished to remain anonymous, moved in.

She answered found a listing looking for a roommate to share a railroad apartment in Soho for $250 a month. “I was immediately struck by the beautiful light in the front of the flat and the amazing bathroom … [and] the funky kitchen with the fridge covered in graffiti,” the woman told The Post.

When her soon-to-be roommate informed her that the apartment had once belonged to Haring, “I was stunned,” she said. After she moved in, she and her friends would examine it for names they recognizes. When the appliance stopped working, she ran out to retrieve the door after the man who delivered a new one threw it away.

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Madonna pays tribute to Nick Kamen

Madonna has paid tribute to Nick Kamen, the model, actor and singer whose biggest hit was co-written by the star.

Kamen caught the eye in a 1985 Levi's jeans advert - baring his chest in a launderette - and the queen of pop invited him in on a track the following year. He died this week aged 59.

"Heartbreaking to know you are gone," the superstar posted online.

The pair had a top five hit with Each Time You Break My Heart, which featured Madonna on backing vocals.

"You were always such a kind, sweet human and you suffered too much," she added.

"Hope you are happier wherever you are Nick Kamen."

Kamen - real name Ivor Neville Kamen - rose to fame in the Levi's commercial, which showed him stripping down to his boxer shorts in a launderette as several women looked on.

The advert, soundtracked by Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine, helped to boost the company's denim sales and made him a sex symbol in the process.

It also caught the attention of Madonna, who told the BBC at the time she had been taken by Kamen's "charisma" and "beautiful voice".

She then contacted Kamen and asked him to record Each Time You Break My Heart - a synth-pop track left over from her third album True Blue.

From BBC News


Madonna says gun control should be the ‘new vaccination’

Madonna has declared gun control the “new vaccination”, arguing that regulation would save lives.

The singer shared a video of herself erecting fly-posters featuring messages including “Wake up America” and “Gun control now”.

The Instagram clip showed Madonna wearing a Pussy Riot-style blue balaclava while shouting “wake up motherfuckers!” and demanding somebody hand her the glue. It was soundtracked by her 2019 song God Control, which is about mass shootings.

The video was captioned: “There’s a new Vaccination! It’s called GUN CONTROL! Should be mandatory. It will SAVE lives!”

Madonna urged fans to “join us next week”. She directed them to the campaign group Everytown For Gun Safety, which describes itself as “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities”.

Her intervention comes after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot dead by police in Chicago after appearing to drop a handgun and raise his hands, and Daunte Wright, 20, was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop.

In a separate post, in which she poses in front of the posters, she wrote: “Adam Toledo was 13 years old, Daunte Wright was 20.

“The officers who killed them are only being charged with manslaughter. This is insanity. Horrific. And yet it has become normalised in our society. Yes – people kill people, not guns. But the vast majority of people are not enlightened and guns are too easy to own.

“If they were outlawed then no one would feel the need to own a gun to protect themselves from those who have guns. As for police killing innocent children: shooting and suffocating and brutalising innocent people ... They should go immediately to jail for the rest of there [sic] lives. No trial, no corrupt justice system.”

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is under way over the death of George Floyd, who was unarmed when he died after the officer kept a knee on his neck for nine minutes.

Last year Madonna was censured by Instagram after sharing a video which claimed a vaccine for Covid-19 had already been found, but was being hidden to “let the rich get richer”.

Instagram blurred out the video with a caption saying: “False Information”.

The video was later deleted from Madonna’s Instagram page, but not before fans protested at her decision to share the post.

Among them was the pop star Annie Lennox, who commented: “This is utter madness!!! I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery.”

From The Guardian

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Madonna Drops $19.3 Million on The Weeknd's Hidden Hills Estate

The OG Material Girl buys once again in the L.A. area, purchasing a 12,547-square-foot, nine-bedroom house on nearly 3 acres built in 2017.

She’s back! After a dozen years hopping around between New York City, the Hamptons and Lisbon, Portugal, Madonna has decided to set down some multimillion-dollar roots in Los Angeles.

Though she’s recently been on the East Coast, where she celebrated Easter in the Hamptons, the shape-shifting pop star returned to the City of Angels last year amid the Covid-19 quarantines, and while in town as been holed up in a lavish rented estate in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Her decision to stay a while just might have something to do with the the biopic about her life that she's slated to direct and that she has co-written with Diablo Cody.

The mononymous 'Like A Virgin' singer, now 62, social media savvy and still pushing sociocultural buttons, turning out fashion trends and making hit records - her 14th studio album, 'Madame X,' released in 2019, was her ninth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200, looked far and wide for a suitable mansion to call home. In the end she eschewed her former real estate stomping grounds of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills, where she’s owned homes in decades past, and instead headed for the suburbs, dropping $19.3 million on The Weeknd’s mansion in guard-gated and celeb-filled Hidden Hills.

The Weeknd purchased the then brand-new mansion almost four years ago for $18.2 million, and initially put it on the market amid piles of publicity with a much-too-optimistic ask of not quite $25 million. The price eventually dipped to almost $22 million before Madge came along and bargained another $2.7 million off the price.

With nine bedrooms and nine full and two half bathrooms spread over about 12,500 square feet between the seven-bedroom main house and two-bedroom guest house, there’s plenty of room for the gap-toothed OG Material Girl, who rolls deep with four of her six children along with a retinue of assistants, nannies and security personnel.

The Weeknd was represented by Angel Salvador at The Agency while Madonna was represented in the deal by Trevor Wright at The Beverly Hills Estates.

From hollywoodreporter.com