Donna Summer Lithographs Art Gallery Goes Way Up After Singer’s Death

According to TMZ: 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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DONNA SUMMER Private Funeral Service Set for Tomorrow MAY 23, 2012

RIP Donna!
According to TMZ:  “Disco Queen” Donna Summer will be laid to rest Wednesday during a private ceremony at a church in Nashville, TN.

We’re told the church is expecting a capacity crowd — roughly 1,000 people — but the service is invitation only.

The family is adamant … they don’t want the ceremony to become a media spectacle and they’ve put together a strict guest list consisting of close friends and family members.

It’s unclear if any of Donna’s famous friends will attend — but we’re told people are flying in from all over the country.

TMZ broke the story … Donna passed away in Florida last week after battling lung cancer. She was 63.

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Did 9/11 Give Donna Summers Cancer?

Could 9/11 give someone cancer?
Accprding to TMZ:
Donna Summer was convinced — inhaling toxic air after 9/11 gave her the lung cancer that eventually killed her … TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ what we were hearing this morning — that Donna was in New York City during 9/11, living at an apartment near Ground Zero.

Donna became almost paranoid about breathing the air, which was heavy with a rancid odor.

In the months and years following 9/11, Donna’s feelings intensified.  One source tells us when he was around Donna, she would constantly spray some sort of disinfectant in the air.  Deney Terrio, the host of “Dance Fever,” tells us … when he was around Donna post 9/11, she would hang silk sheets in her dressing room to prevent dust from coming in.

And one source says … Donna, who was a fervent practicing Christian, believed 9/11 was an attack on Christianity and in some metaphysical way Christians like her were targets.  She somehow felt that her illness was a byproduct of the attack.

And, we’re told, after Donna was diagnosed with lung cancer, several people told her that cigarette smoke may have been the culprit — she was a smoker, and she also frequented clubs where people smoked.  But Donna simply didn’t buy it.

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