MIAMI — Ocean Drive magazine founder Jerry Powers recently took up pop art, and it’s getting attention in the right circles.
After Powers put up for sale his latest work — an Andy Warhol-style four-panel acrylic painting inspired by the Miami mugshot of former CNN talker Larry King — Powers tells us he received a mysterious call from someone who wanted to buy the piece.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind painting,” Powers said. “It’s for sale for $50,000, but this guy who wouldn’t identify himself wanted to give me between $24,000 and $28,000.”
The only identifying information that the caller gave is that he phoned from Los Angeles.
The caller also asked that, if he bought the piece, Powers would agree not to do King again for at least three years.
In the end, Powers declined to sell — but now, he’s pretty convinced the 81-year-old King had something to do with it.
Said Powers: “After talking to this guy, I’m pretty sure he’s working for Larry.”
King’s 1971 arrest for grand larceny in the Magic City has been a constant source of embarrassment for King, who never discusses it and cringes when it’s brought up.
Then a host on radio WIOD-610 AM and a Miami Dolphins broadcaster, King was arrested after he used $5,000 from $25,000 he received from a friend to pay for his taxes instead of dropping off the money at a lawyer’s office.
We reached out to King’s publicist in Hell-A to ask if King is on the market for a certain painting, but we have yet to hear from him.
As for Powers, he’s working on more art inspired by mugshots of other celebs arrested in Florida, including The Doors‘ Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Pitbull.
But Powers says he’s disappointed King didn’t call him personally.
“I’ve been a guest on both his old WIOD show and on Larry King Live,” Powers said. “He knows me. We’re cool.”
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