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|CULT BOOK SURFACES IN PHOTOGRAPHER'S BASEMENT|
Kinky book collectors routinely pay over $1,000 for unsigned first-edition copies of photographer Larry Clark's cult book Tulsa, his torrid photographic chronicle of heroin chic among Oklahoma teenagers published by Lustrum Press in 1971. But now, art-world insiders are flocking to the SoHo bookstore Printed Matter and snapping up signed copies of the book for a bargain-priced $400. It seems that the 56-year-old photographer, who gained national notoriety in 1995 for the nihilistic youth-cult movie Kids, found 100 unbound copies of the second, 1981 edition that he had forgotten in his basement.
Clark had the books bound and turned them over to the nonprofit bookseller with the request that they be sold "cheaply and quickly." Indeed, over 30 of the newly signed and numbered tomes have already found buyers. The second edition isn't quite as valuable as the first -- Swann Galleries sold one in February for $575 -- but for the Clark cult, it hardly matters. "Act quickly," advises Printed Matter, which will present an exhibition of Clark's books and a copy of his 1981 photographic portfolio of all 50 black-and-white prints from Tulsa (for sale for $25,000). "We expect any copies of the Printed Matter edition of Tulsa left to go quickly during the show. "