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Armstrong to auction off artist-designed bikes

Armstrong to auction off artist-designed bikes

Lance Armstrong plans to auction off his Giro d'Italia and Tour de France bikes, which will feature designs from artists including Shepard Fairey and Damien Hurst.
Armstrong has posted photos on his Twitter account of his bikes for the Giro, which starts Saturday in Venice. They feature an intricate yellow-and-black design by Fairey, who is in a legal battle with The Associated Press over his famous image of President Barack Obama.
Fairey made the iconic Obama campaign posters "Obama Hope" and "Obama Progress," which were based on an AP photo from 2006.
"I read about the debate about who actually owns that image," Armstrong said Tuesday. "Obviously that poster was so synonymous with his campaign.
"That aside, I'm a fan of his artwork. I collect his artwork. The bike that he did for this race I think is pretty stunning. I don't have much to say about the (image debate)."
Hurst, a British artist, will design one of Armstrong's bikes for the Tour.
All the bikes will be auctioned off this fall.


Updated : 2021-07-31 08:07 GMT+08:00