Andy Warhol was an artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.
Warhol’s former townhouse on Lexington Avenue in New York has come on the market recently with an asking price of $5.7 million and like Warhol’s art it is sure to be a collector’s item. Warhol bought the lavish home in 1959 for $60,000 and lived there for 15 years with his mother.
During his time living there, Andy Warhol created some of his most famous works, including renditions of Campbell’s soup cans, dollar bills and comic strips in his studio located on the main floor of the townhouse.
The 3,072 square foot Manhattan townhouse was originally built in 1889 and has 4 bedrooms, each with it’s own wood burning fireplace, 4.5 baths and a wood paneled dining room.
Warhol leased the home to his business manager Frederick W. Hughes in 1974, who bought it from the Warhol estate in 1989 for $593,000. The home has passed through two owners since that time and has undergone some renovation, which includes a new garden level kitchen, updated fixtures and interior finishes.
Andy Warhol’s art spanned several forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. He was also considered a pioneer in computer generated art using Amiga computers which came out in 1984, two years before his death.
Home Address: 1342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128 (Manhattan, New York)