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Donna Summer Lithographs

Art Gallery Raises Prices

After Singer's Death

5/28/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Death = $$$ ... at least when it comes to art ... and a gallery in Vegas is proving the point, 'cause it immediately upped the price of Donna Summer pieces when she passed away.

The Jack Gallery in Las Vegas worked with Summer in 2003 to create limited edition lithographs ... printing 750 hand-signed prints of 4 different art pieces (designed by Summer), which sold for $550 each BEFORE she lost her battle with cancer.

But days after the Disco Queen passed away earlier this month, the prices went up AT LEAST $100 a pop ... with the cheap ones going for $650. Donna's most popular piece -- The Winter Melody -- was raised from $550 to $1,000.

The gallery tells us that Summer's work is in high demand since her death -- Winter Melody is almost sold out -- and her art is effecting people like never before. We're told when one couple came in to admire the legendary singer's art, they broke down and cried.

The gallery is currently planning a memorial exhibition for all the pieces that will go up in September at one of their Las Vegas locations.

When asked about the price increase, a rep for the store says it's just the nature of the business ... "Prices are determined by availability."

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16 COMMENTS

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Bridget    

It would be a nice gesture to donate atleast some of their new profits to a cancer charity.

842 days ago
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Nyx    

"...and her art is effecting people like never before."

Come on, TMZ. Proof read already! It should say Affecting, not Effecting. If you don't know the difference, time to bust out a dictionary. :\

842 days ago
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scoopie    

Wow, I've been unemployed for close to two years. I can spell. TMZ, have any openings?

842 days ago
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Amber    

Of course they jacked up the prices... One would hope some of the proceeds would go to cancer research...

842 days ago
5.

Uh    

Dear Brain-Dead TMZ staff...Ever heard of supply and demand? It must have been taught before you dropped out. How about the value of Michael Jackson memorabilia after he died? How about afer Elvis died? How about after JFK died? How about a 32 Ford? A 1913 liberty head nickel? And about a zillion more examples.,,,

841 days ago
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tenley    

Jesus Christ, TMZ acts like this phenomenon is news. Let me guess: TMZ paid more for snaps of Whitney Houston after she died -- including snaps of the hotel room where she died and the hallway outside the hotel room where she died, etc. -- than TMZ paid for snaps of Whitney just 24 hours earlier, if they bought them at all, right?

841 days ago
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Kelly    

Who cares? That's commerce.

841 days ago
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Calinative    

Good business sense.

841 days ago
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Bridget    

lollipop land? I never said they shouldn't make a large profit, I just said it would be nice if they would give a little to a charity. It would be a good PR move too.

841 days ago
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Tracey    

Which is WHY people invest in art in the first place. DUH!

841 days ago
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jakeinlove    

So glad I was able to obtain a signed lithograph a long time ago.

840 days ago

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