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April 10, 2008
Andy Warhol: Exposed at UC Davis

Talk about Al Capone's vault - or Pandora's Box. Where's Geraldo Rivera when we need him?

Here's the thing: The Nelson Gallery on the UC campus is in possession of a sealed box valued at $188,000, from the auspicious Andy Warhol Foundation in New York.

The PR folks at UC Davis say the box contains 100 Polaroids and 50 black-and-white 8-by-10s, all taken by Warhol.

But - of who or what?

Speculation is running rampant. Are they photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Jackie O, Andy himself? Or might the box contain pics of Campbell's soup cans?

The box arrived Tuesday and has, according to the gallery, been sitting around to "acclimate" to our atmosphere and that of its new surroundings before its grand re-opening.

But, don't get too excited just yet. The folks at the Nelson Gallery are keeping the unveiling under wraps. (Wouldn't want to be disappointed like Geraldo on national TV and all.)

That said, they're unsealing and taking inventory of the contents Friday morning. But only media types are invited to watch the process, which will be conducted by Renny Pritkin, gallery director.

Once the contents have been scrutinized and scanned, the pics will be stored until an exhibit can be arranged at the Nelson.

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