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Names in the news, March 16

The Associated Press

An Andy Warhol portrait of Elvis Presley depicted as a cowboy is coming to a New York City auction and could fetch anywhere from $30 million to $50 million. “Double Elvis (Ferus Type)” will be offered at Sotheby’s on May 9. The silver silkscreen painting shows the rock and roll heartthrob armed and shooting from the hip. A second, shadow Elvis figure is in the background.

Sotheby’s identified the seller only as a private collector. Warhol produced a series of 22 images of Elvis. Nine are in museum collections. … Novelist Toni Morrison tells fans in Ohio she canceled plans to write a memoir because “there’s a point at which your life is not interesting.” The Plain Dealer reports the Nobel laureate met with students and presented a reading Wednesday at Oberlin College from her latest novel, “Home.” The Toni Morrison Society that researches her works used the visit to announce the establishment of a residency at the school.

Morrison, a native of nearby Lorain, says she signed a contract for her next book to be a memoir but later canceled it, saying she’d rather write fiction. The 81-year-old Morrison, in a wheelchair, says she doesn’t travel well and called it a “double bonus” that she was able to see family during her visit. … Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, will be the first to tell about the Italian murder case that made them famous worldwide. “Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox” is scheduled to come out this fall. The book will cover his relationship with the American exchange student, their arrests and imprisonment in Italy over the death of Knox’s roommate, and their eventual release last fall after the convictions were overturned. Knox’s memoir is due next year.

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