The New York Times:
R. COURI HAY, a society figure in Manhattan, is not one to think small when it comes to holiday presents.
He gave a former partner two Andy Warhol prints of Marilyn Monroe, because by that point in their relationship he had given him every other Monroe-inspired item he could think of, from kitschy items to trips to places linked to her.
He once presented Cornelia Guest, a socialite and animal rights activist, with a plate of jewels. He told her she could pick whichever one she wanted but that only one of them was real. (“I knew the real one,” Ms. Guest said. “That was a fun present.”)
For his mother, he went so far as to commission Peter Max, the pop artist, to create a painting from a photo of his mother and grandmother. “It brought tears to her eyes,” he said. “She was genuinely surprised to receive that.”
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