Sonic Youth's Album Art for Sale

Painting that graced classic Daydream Nation cover goes up for auction
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2008 11:25 AM CST
Singer Kim Gordon and her band Sonic Youth perform at the Marc Jacobs fall 2008 collection fashion show during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Music fans for whom Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation is an all-time classic will get a chance next week to bid on the painting that served as album-cover art, the Independent reports. Kerze (Candle), a 1983 work by German Gerhard Richter, is one in a series of still lifes based on photographs, and could fetch more than $5 million at auction Wednesday.

One auctioneer told the Independent that the association with a classic rock album gives the 3-foot-square painting a special cachet with 40-something collectors. As for Richter, it's almost certain that the Dresden-born master had not heard of Sonic Youth before his work appeared on one of the "greatest album covers of all time."