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The minute her portrait — lying seductively on the floor in front of one of her expressionistic canvases while wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a dollar sign — hit the pages of Vanity Fair in 2000, Cecily Brown became more than an art star. She became a celebrity. The British-born Brown stood out from a cadre of talented young painters who emerged around the new millennium not only for her oversize, erotically charged, and sensually colored paintings but for her equally attention-grabbing, sexy vibe of the naughty girl crashing the boys’ club. Larry Gagosian snapped her up when she was just 29, and, as is his M.O., quickly hiked her prices well into the six figures.