A two-story former firehouse located on the Upper East Side became the first studio Warhol started to rent outside of his apartment in 1962. At the time, he paid just 150 dollars per month (approximately 1,183 dollars in today's money).
Warhol lived at 1342 Lexington Avenue between East 89th and East 90th Streets while he used the New York studio, which is located at 159 East 87th Street.
Prior to the city's loft law, artists were prohibited from living in the commercial space they commonly rented in order to perform their work, but many defied the rule. After it was struck down in 1982, the price of artists' lofts exploded.
Andy Warhol, Annie Lennox, Tommy Shaw, Frank Zappa and Paul Stanley pic.twitter.com/xN5kQcMPKT— Rock Pictures (@RockNRollPics) 5 апреля 2016 г.
The 5,000 square-foot facility is thought to be the very studio where Warhol created his "Death and Disaster" series, which dealt with catastrophes and horrendous accidents.
Warhol's real estate had repeatedly been associated with high-profile sales.
Andy Warhol buying cans of Campbell's Soup at Gristede’s supermarket on Second Ave, 1964. pic.twitter.com/Ur0j3pEe5C— History Pics (@HistoryPixs) 4 апреля 2016 г.
In particular, his former townhouse at 1342 Lexington Avenue was sold for 5.5 million dollars in 2013, and in December 2015, Warhol's former 5.7-acre Montauk estate was sold to Adam Lindemann, founder of the gallery Venus Over Manhattan, for 50 million dollars.
"Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)" 1967, by Andy Warhol pic.twitter.com/BVJz2efb5H— Tony/ברכה (@tonyswaltz) 27 марта 2016 г.
Andy Warhol's real name was Andrew Warhola; he was born to a Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and became an internationally-renowned pioneer of the pop art genre who used photo-stencils in screen-printing to create images of pop culture icons, including Marilyn Monroe.
Andy Warhol: The Death and Disaster Series pic.twitter.com/WZNU1Z4Wdb— S t A r R (@heavenlyhag) 7 февраля 2015 г.
Warhol's works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold; his large-scale canvasses have fetched as much as 100 million dollars.