High-grossing pop artist whose best-known works included "Puppy" and "Balloon Dog," which sold for a record $58.4 million on November 12, 2013, at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
He was educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he met the famed Ed Paschke, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He worked as a Wall Street broker before pursuing a full-time career as an artist.
His work, "Tulips," sold for over $33 million in 2012.
His first wife was Hungarian-Italian adult film star Ilona Staller. He had six children with his second wife, Justine Wheeler.