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Heads up Art History lovers: Andy Warhol's very first studio, located in New York's Upper East Side, is now on the market.
Before Warhol dominated New York City with a visual art movement known as pop art, he lived in a townhouse near 89th and Lexington Avenue with his mother. After a few years, his art took off, and he found himself in need of a new home for his Campbell's soup cans and Brillo boxes. Following a friend's tip, Warhol found an empty firehouse on 87th Street and wrote a letter to the city seeking a lease.
For $150 a month, the two-story firehouse, with no heat or running water, became Warhol's first official art studio. It is said that Warhol created his famous "Death and Disaster" series here from 1962-1963. Now, more than five decades later, the space is newly listed for $9,975,000.
Built in 1910, Cushman & Wakefield hold the 5,000-square-foot listing, describing it as “a unique opportunity that offers a developer a blank canvas to create boutique condominiums, a mixed-use rental or a luxury townhouse on a site that is both rich in history and conveniently located for transportation.”
Its future owners can revel in their new location; it's just a short walk to the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a couple of blocks away from one of the most visited urban parks in the U.S.–Central Park.