Racy Andy Warhol art up for auction online at Christie’s for Pride Month

Lot 125_QuerelleAndy Warhol has been springing up in my life a lot lately. I just got back from Las Vegas, where the Bellagio has an exhibit of his work; I’m preparing a story about his hometown, Pittsburgh; and now, Christie’s auction house has announced — timed to coincide with Pride Month — a curated sale of some of the gay icon’s celebrated works, many of them dead-sexy drawings and Polaroids (and we’re talking racy, gay-ass, NSFW shit, as well as some classy celebrity portraits, like Truman Capote meeting Phillip Johnson).

Called “For Members Only: Eyes on the Guise,” the online auction — which you can get to here — continues until next Thursday, June 27. Even if you don’t bid on anything (though some start as low as $800!), it’s worth a peak. But you’d probably come up with an excuse in advance for your boss about why you’re scrolling through rough-trade photos. (“It’s art, ma’am! I’m an art patron!”)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Elizabeth Taylor still giving to people with HIV/AIDS

Elizabeth Taylor, second from left, and AIDS Services of Dallas Executive Director Don Maison, far right, at Dillards at NorthPark Center in Dallas in 1996.

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will get a big infusion of cash this week as a result of an auction of jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor, who died March 23, 2011, had a collection of jewelry that was estimated to be worth $20 million. The auction has already brought in $116 million.

The auction is going on at Christie’s in New York.

Among the jewels sold was a pearl purchased by Richard Burton for $37,000, which sold for $11.6 million. The pearl had once been owned by Mary Tudor and was painted in the 17th century by Diego Valezquez.

Taylor co-founded AmFAR in 1985 and began The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991, with a focus on direct service to people living with HIV. AIDS Services Dallas, Bryan’s House and AIDS Arms have been recipients of grants from that organization.

—  David Taffet