MARILYN MANSON's 'Grey Daisy' Original Artwork Hits The Auction Block

The "Grey Daisy", widely recognized as one of Marilyn Manson's most documented original artworks, is going up for auction on Halloween. The "Grey Daisy" was originally unveiled and sold at Manson's very first art exhibit, The Golden Age of Grotesque, in 2002 and is the first "nice" thing the artist painted.

Marilyn Manson is known for many things: his music, his controversial persona — both on and off stage and his artwork. The "Grey Daisy" which was unveiled at Manson's first art exhibit in 2002, is widely recognized as one of his most well documented original artworks.

His first art show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, held September of 2002 in Los Angeles, proved to be highly successful for Manson. Several of his original works were snatched up during the private show, notably the "Harlequin Jack and the Absinthe Bunny", which was purchased by Jack Osbourne, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' bassist Flea picked up "Elizabeth Short as Snow White" and the "Grey Daisy" which was acquired by a private collector.

The "Grey Daisy" is a sharp contrast to Manson's other original pieces. In a MTV news feature Manson had this to say about the "Grey Daisy": "Someone said, 'Why don't you ever paint something nice like a flower?' so I painted one, but I ended up using only the dirty water from another painting. If I wasn't me, I would probably want this one." The "Grey Daisy" was Manson's first "nice" painting.

Manson's artwork has been featured in galleries and special exhibits around the world and has become increasingly popular and highly desirable by contemporary art collectors. In 2007, Manson's original "Die Deutsche Kampferin" was purchased by a private collector for $105,000.00. And most recently, Phillips du Pury & Company auction house sold one of Manson's originals in an auction late last year, yielding a realized price of nearly $50,000.00.

"This piece of contemporary art will certainly appeal not only to far reaching Marilyn Manson art fans, but to the contemporary art collectors as well," explains Backstage Auctions founder Jacques van Gool.

The "Grey Daisy" is currently showcased in "The Gods 'n Metal Monsters Auction", which also features the personal collections Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, DIO), Kip Winger (WINGER), Scott Rockenfield (QUEENSRŸCHE), Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI), Bobby Rondinelli (BLACK SABBATH, AEROSMITH), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON) and Walter O'Brien (Concrete Management, co-founder), just to name a few. "When we designed the hard rock and heavy metal themed auction, we really tried to build an event that was not only unique but give fans and collectors access to pieces of rock history that were equally rare and one of kind and we have definitely achieved that goal," says van Gool.

The auction will showcase over 500 exceptionally rare pieces of rock memorabilia, including an amazingly rare collection of 200+ sealed 1980s heavy metal vinyl, over 50 gold and platinum records awards, an awesome selection of artist used guitars, stage props, drums, artist stage worn apparel, master recordings, rare concert posters and original photos, promo vinyl and loads more!

The auction, which will be held on-line at www.backstageauctions.com starts on October 31, 2010 and will run through November 7, 2010. A special preview of the entire auction catalog is available to view now at Backstage Auctions.

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