For the benefit of Mr. Max

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Nim nudges Peter Max, and bends to whisper an introduction of the proud new owner of one of Max's latest works, which sell from $1,250 for a small lithograph to $60,000 for a new acrylic on canvas. She's an older woman, short, white hair set off by a shiny, late-'60s polyester shirt made of Peter Max-designed fabric. Max takes her painting from the wall, whips out the Sharpie, and makes an original, personalized, signed and dated doodle on the back for the beaming buyer.

"You know," he says a little later, "whenever I see old hippies at a gallery, I'm so in love with them."

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