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Kanye Pays $85K for Photo of Whitney Houston’s Bathroom

The image will be used for the cover of Pusha T's new album
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2018 2:12 PM CDT
Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Once again, Kanye West is going big. He just plunked down $85,000 to license a 2006 photo of Whitney Houston’s drug-strewn bathroom, reports People. The art is going on the cover of Pusha T’s new album, Daytona, which West produced. West tweeted the image here. The art choice was a last-minute decision. “He changed my artwork last night at 1am,” Pusha T told radio host Angie Martinez.

Originally the artwork for the album were pictures they had agreed on, but West “wasn’t feeling it,” said the rapper, who revealed the cost as "85 grand." The photo, secretly taken by a family member, ran on in the cover of National Enquirer in 2006. It "definitely does match the energy of my album," the 41-year-old Pusha T tells Entertainment Weekly. Houston drowned in 2012 in her hotel bathtub, with drugs in her system. (A new Houston documentary reveals a disturbing family secret.)

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