Just when you think you’ve found the sexiest Auburn photo ever, up pops a photo of John Oates in all his mustachioed, white jeans’ed glory, in a sleeveless “War Damn Eagle” T-shirt… in a Christie’s auction.
Oh, and it was taken by Andy Warhol. Unreal.
The masterpiece dates to the early 1980s, though likely no earlier than May 8, 1981, the day after he and Hall played Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, which is surely where he picked up such killer threads.
But, you know… maybe it was earlier. Maybe that’s why the most successful musical duo of the rock era headed Plainsward in the first place— because John was a rabid, sleeveless War Damn Eagle T-shirt level Auburn fan (“He’s a Beaaar Eater…”).
Christie’s expects the photo, part of its new “Andy Warhol @ Christie’s: The Entertainers” series, to fetch between $3,000-$5,000, which would obviously be a total steal.
Oh, and if Hall & Oates were indeed featured in a episode of Andy Warhol’s TV like the auction house claims, than it’s totally possible there’s some Beta Max footage of Oates in this bad boy floating around somewhere, probably gathering angel dust in the corner of some forgotten Studio 54 storage closet or something. Your move, NYC Auburn Alumni Club members…
Other celebrities in Auburn stuff: Leonardo DiCaprio, Dr. Dre, John Travolta, Thierry Henry, Willie Nelson, Zac Efron, Naya Rivera, Molly Sims, Jason Segel, Joe DiMaggio.
h/t Mark Hogan
[UPDATE]: Help Oates and his shirt return to Auburn permanently (in spirit).
Related: The Eagles’ Joe Walsh in an Auburn shirt.
Clearly, this Saturday, we should pass the helmet, earn enough money to purchase this and add it to a new sign by the scoreboard.
Waiting for the “that was me behind him” post.
Andrew Henley says
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art on campus would be a fantastic home for this photograph.
If any readers would like to help us acquire this work of art, call Melaine Bennett at 334.844.7945 for details about how to help!
Scott: But that WAS me behind him.