Andy Warhol Album Cover Art

Detailed Introduction to Collecting Andy Warhol Memorabilia

Overview
Andy Warhol LithographAndy Warhol (1928-1987) is probably the most famous artist associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 60s and one of the few artists to achieve success and renown while still alive and producing work. His artwork, now among the most iconic of any American artist, evolved over the years from commercial illustration to multimedia pop art, and, shortly before his death, he helped pioneer early digital art technology. Because of his considerable recognition and the value associated with his many pieces, Andy Warhol collectibles remain a hot commodity.

Due in part to the celebrity status of some of his art subjects and also to the celebrity status he himself achieved, collecting Andy Warhol memorabilia has remained a popular and accessible endeavor. This guide serves as an introduction into Andy Warhol collecting. Of course, original pieces, like any famous artist, will command top dollar and are of the highest scarcity, but for collectors just beginning their collection, this guide will give you some idea of where to begin.

Original paintings can go from several thousand dollars up to millions, with the highest paid pieces being Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), which sold for $105 million in 2013, Eight Elvises, which sold for $100 million in 2008, and Turquoise Marilyn, which sold for $80 million in 2007. Because interest in purchasing these works of art should go through art dealers and auction houses, the collectibles featured in this guide will be more focused on items that can be found regularly on online auctions or marketplaces.

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Andy Warhol CAMPBELL'S SOUP Converse Hi-Top Tennis Shoes Unisex Sizes DISC HTF
$69.99

Andy Warhol CAMPBELL'S SOUP Converse Hi-Top Tennis Shoes Unisex Sizes DISC HTF
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Andy Warhol Tapestry 88x104"
$50.00

Barbie Convention 2016 Jacksonville Pop Art & Andy Warhol Themed Screen Table
$32.75

''SUCCESS IS A JOB IN NEW YORK...'', The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol.
$55.00

Rolling Stones T-Shirt Andy Warhol Tongue USA Flag Logo rock M L XL 2XL NWT
$25.82

Bond No. 9 New York Andy Warhol Union Square EDP Refillable Pocket Travel Spray
$35.95

Andy Warhol self poster
$297.50

Russel Wright Sterling Dinnerware Andy Warhol Dinner Plate Pink Gray Leaf
$29.99

Louis Waldon, Andy Warhol Superstar Yrs (Jackie Kennedy), Screenprint Series
$750.00

Framed MTV High Priority, Andy Warhol, Vinyl Record, Various Artists
$64.95

ANDY WARHOL'S FRANKENSTEIN 1974 MOVIE POSTER ORIGINAL 1 SHEET FOLDED UDO KIER
$88.00

RARE ANDY WARHOL JAZZ COVER 1956 Artie Shaw Both Feet In The Groove 45
$39.99

1953 Madrigal's Magic Key To Spanish 1 & 2 VG+ 2 LP w Book RARE Andy Warhol Art
$10,000.00

Campbells Soups Desk Set Display Sign Cans Art Creative Pen Statue Andy Warhol
$40.00

Liz x Andy Warhol Pop Art Elizabeth Taylor Portrait 27x27 Poster Print
$149.99
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Books

Andy Warhol was the subject of many books during his lifetime, as well as posthumously, many of which feature photographs of his most famous works, but he was also the author of several books which have gained considerable value. Warhol published a memoir, Popism, in 1980, and  issued a very rare pop-up book entitled Index in 1967.

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Like any book collection, you should be seeking first printings in the best condition possible but if your search only yields first editions in terrible quality, don’t let it slip away. Further, first editions autographed by the author are the most valuable. The following list features a a small sampling of some of the books you should pursue.

Collect Andy Warhol Books

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25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy - 1954

If you find this book for cheap, it’s probably not real. 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy was the first of many self-published collections of Warhol’s work and is limited to 190 hand-numbered copies. The books, which were often given as gifts by Warhol himself, are hand colored and have sold at auctions for thousands of dollars.

As with the paintings, the sale of these very limited books is usually handled through private collectors, dealers or auction houses, but, if you are looking for the artwork contained in these pages, there have been reprints that can be easily found and have maintained a certain level of value for themselves. There have also been several other products issued that feature the artwork of this book, making it a collection within a collection.

Beyond this, there are other self-published books to be collected and each of those books has spawned their own products such as stationery, nesting boxes, or framed prints, and their reprints, although not as valuable as originals, can still maintain value.

Andy Warhol 25 Cats Name Sam

a, A Novel - 1968

a, A Novel is Andy Warhol’s first commercially published book, but to call it a novel is a bit of a stretch. Comprised entirely of transcriptions of taped conversations between Warhol and Ondine — an actor with close ties to Warhol — that was recorded at Warhol’s studio, The Factory. This book features cameos from several people associated with The Factory and Warhol, including Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground.

The transcriptions were done by four different people who formatted their work in different ways. The publisher of the book simply used copies of these transcripts to publish the book without editing errors and typos or standardizing the format. In some sections, the “characters” are identified by name, and, in other sections, the dialog is simply a free-form expression with no notation of who was delivering the speech.

First editions of this book pop up with a fair amount of regularity and signed first editions will set collectors back several hundred dollars.

Andy Warhol a A Novel

Exhibition Catalogs

For collectors seeking maximum art for minimal cost, exhibition catalogs from the many shows of Warhol’s work are a great place to start. Not only do these catalogs feature the artwork of Andy Warhol but there is often historical context and details on the media used for each piece. Because many art shows are themed, these catalogs often collect similar pieces of work into one edition.

Exhibition catalogs are all limited editions and some are quite rare. Just like published books, a catalog signed by Warhol can fetch several hundred dollars, but it is possible to find editions for $25-30, especially the more recent exhibitions.

Andy Warhol Exhibition Catalog

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''SUCCESS IS A JOB IN NEW YORK...'', The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol.
$55.00

a: A Novel by Andy Warhol 1968 stated 1st printing Hardcover dj
$154.95

USED "A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol" 1990 First Edition
$15.00

vintage “ANDY WARHOL FASHION BOOK” Designed by Azi Rad NICE!
$21.00

28 BEST IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS NELSON DOUBLEDAY ANDY WARHOL RICHARD SCARRY 1st edit
$99.99

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS Picasso Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein 1st Edition
$60.00

ANDY WARHOL THE DAY THE FACTORY DIED SIGNED INSCRIBED 2X BTH AUTHORS 1ST ED 2006
$119.96

BLUE MOVIE by ANDY WARHOL 1ST EDITION 1970 over 100 photographs
$145.00

2 x ANDY WARHOL books PRE POP and FINKELSTEIN Factory Years
$25.00

Andy Warhol -Films & Paintings. *Paperback 1971 - Signed Copy by Andy Warhol*.
$138.47

EXPOSURES - SIGNED x 4 - BY ANDY WARHOL TWICE, HOLLY WOODLAWN & JOE DALLESANDRO
$2,625.00

SIGNED - ANDY WARHOL - RAINER CRONE CATALOGUE RAISONNE 1970 1ST ENGLISH ED
$3,375.00

Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century 1980 SIGNED by Andy Warhol
$2,315.00

Andy Warhol Address Book Galison Flowers - Great Photos!
$29.00

1968 First edition A:a Novel by Andy Warhol Signed
$250.00

*SALE PRICE* **SIGNED** ANDY WARHOL EXPOSURES X2 W DRAWING-RARE!!
$905.00
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Lithographs

True lithograph prints are incredibly time consuming and difficult to produce, often requiring the original artist to reproduce their work in layers as opposed to simply photographing the original artwork. Because of the time that goes into one of these prints, most lithograph runs are short prints and Andy Warhol has a number of limited edition, often signed, lithograph prints to obtain on the secondary market.

While these limited runs can be valuable, buyers should be wary of “signed” editions that are selling for low prices. Often times, Warhol’s signature is printed on the lithograph just like a brand name. That does not diminish the value of the print as it is still a numbered, limited edition, but it does not add to the value and some sellers will post it as a “signed” copy even though it truly is not. Buyers should also be careful of auctions that say Andy Warhol in their title because the lithograph is in the style of Warhol but not actually one of his works. For example, if you find a Sex and the City “Warhol Lithograph,” it’s probably not really one of his since he died well before the show was ever released.

That said, there are plenty of authentic prints that are actually signed by Warhol himself if you are eager to spend the extra money for something truly limited, but for those who want faithful reproductions of his work at a reasonable price point, lithographs are a great way to go. With that in mind, key options are featured below.

Collect Andy Warhol Lithographs

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The Beatles

Andy Warhol Lithograph

Superman

Andy Warhol Lithograph

Mickey Mouse

Andy Warhol Lithograph Mickey Mouse

Marilyn Monroe

Andy Warhol Lithograph

Terrier

Andy Warhol Lithograph

Cosmetics (hand signed)

Andy Warhol Lithograph Cosmetics

Mercedes

Andy Warhol Lithograph

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Andy Warhol Tapestry 88x104"
$50.00

Andy Warhol self poster
$297.50

Louis Waldon, Andy Warhol Superstar Yrs (Jackie Kennedy), Screenprint Series
$750.00

Liz x Andy Warhol Pop Art Elizabeth Taylor Portrait 27x27 Poster Print
$149.99

MR BRAINWASH SCREEN PRINT S N 2009 MBW ANDY WARHOL as MARILYN MONROE WIG SERIES
$2,295.00

Andy Warhol Original Screenprint Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup Sunday B Morning
$320.42

ANDY WARHOL: A RETROSPECTIVE, Three Mao's Poster, 1989 Museum of Modern Art, New
$249.00

Andy Warhol Poster from NY museum of modern art 33 by 22, dark aluminum frame
$125.00

ANDY WARHOL CAMPBELLS' CONSOMME BEEF Soup Can SUNDAY B.MORNING Silkscreen COA
$349.00

Andy Warhol, "White Car Crash 19 Times" Hand Signed in Black pen 1986 with COA
$849.99

Marilyn Monroe- by Andy Warhol 1971 Tate Gallery, London Exhibition Poster
$385.00

Andy Warhol "DIAMOND DUST SHOES" Hand signed in Black pen 1986 with COA
$849.99

1960s ANDY WARHOL DRAWING DOODLE - SIGNED POP ART ORIGINAL DRAWING
$49.00

1960s ANDY WARHOL DRAWING DOODLE OF A WOMAN - SIGNED POP ART ORIGINAL DRAWING
$99.00

Original Andy Warhol Funeral Mass Card St Patricks NYC April 1 , 1987 MINT
$99.00

Vintage ANDY WARHOL MARILYN POP ART NOTE CARDS LICENSED COMPLETE 10PC BOXED SET
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Album Covers

Aside from all the work he did on his own, Andy Warhol provided album art for over 100 different LP’s and singles. The most iconic of his covers probably belongs to the debut album of The Velvet Underground, an album he produced for a band that he managed.

Collecting these pieces is a bit of two collections in one, as vinyl collecting is also very popular at the moment. If you’re only interested in the artwork, seek out covers in the best condition possible. Although they’re all suitable for framing, covers without the ring of LP wear, sale stickers, frayed or damaged corners, and grass stains are obviously ideal. Further, if you’re also into collecting vinyl for listening, track down copies with clean, unscratched, warp-free records included.

With so many covers to his credit, a full collection of Andy Warhol album art will yield an incredibly eclectic and diverse record collection, the highlights of which are included here.

Collect Andy Warhol Album Covers

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A Program of Mexican Music by Carlos Chavez, 1949

Considered among collectors as Warhol’s first album sleeve — he was 21 at the time — the cover features a small illustration on the left side, amidst a great deal of type face.

Andy Warhol Album Cover Art

Count Basie by Count Basie, 1955

Collecting vintage jazz vinyl can be a very lucrative and rewarding endeavor and Count Basie’s 1955 self-titled album has the benefit of being a Warhol cover design. There is also some historic artistic significance to this cover as it is one of the earliest known pieces of celebrity art designed by Warhol.

Andy Warhol Album Cover Art

Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones, 1971

This classic rock masterpiece may be equally as famous for its cover as it is for its music. Originally the LP featured a working zipper that revealed a pair of tighty-whities when unzipped. To this day it is unknown who appears on this package, but it is known that Mick Jagger is not one of the possible models.

Ultimately, the zipper was a cool idea but it damaged the vinyl so subsequent pressings had the zipper half unzipped and eventually it was just removed from the packaging.

Andy Warhol Album Cover Art

Menlove Ave. by John Lennon, 1986

This was the second album of John Lennon’s work released after his murder in 1980. The album is, for lack of a gentler term, a money grab featuring rehearsal takes and cutting-room-floor scraps, but the artwork, which was based on a picture not taken by Warhol, was completed in 1980, prior to Lennon’s death.

Andy Warhol Album Cover Art

The Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground, 1967

Considered one of the landmark albums of the 1960's, The Velvet Underground and Nico was produced by Andy Warhol, although it is widely believed that his production was strictly financial and that he had little to do with the music aside from bringing in Nico. The band was also managed by Warhol and this debut album features imagery that is most often identified with the artist.

Andy Warhol Album Cover Art

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Framed MTV High Priority, Andy Warhol, Vinyl Record, Various Artists
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RARE ANDY WARHOL JAZZ COVER 1956 Artie Shaw Both Feet In The Groove 45
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1953 Madrigal's Magic Key To Spanish 1 & 2 VG+ 2 LP w Book RARE Andy Warhol Art
$10,000.00

Rare! The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers LP! Working Zipper COC 59100 Andy Warhol
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BYRON JANIS LP "Rhapsody in Blue" ORIGINAL RCA w. Rare "Andy Warhol Sketch" VG+
$180.00

Rats & Star Soul Vacation Japan Mastersound Vinyl LP Slv Designed by Andy Warhol
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MINT - MTV High Priority ANDY WARHOL Vinyl LP Record Mint 1987 RCA (6396-1-R)
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MTV HIGH PRIORITY LP ANDY WARHOL COVER 1987 POP ART FOR BREAST CANCER NEW
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ANDY WARHOL STUNNING U.K. OBSERVER MAGAZINE TRIBUTE PROMO POSTER 1st MARCH 1987
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SEALED 1968 ORIGINAL ANDY WARHOL SUPERSTAR GENEVIEVE WAITE JOANNA SOUNDTRACK LP
$95.00

VERY RARE ORIGINAL ANDY WARHOL ART COVER JEANNE MOREAU 7" VINYL RECORD N.MINT
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GARY PANTER ART COVER JOHN GIORNO LP ANDY WARHOL NYC SEALED 1987 ORIGINAL
$150.00

LTD 500 ANGUS MACLISE THE VELVET UNDERGROUND LP SCREEN PRINT COVER ANDY WARHOL
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ANDY WARHOL RECLINING NUDE ART COVER BLUE NOTE JAZZ RECORD PRISTINE N.MINT
$99.99

MARILYN MONROE LP RECORD +BOOK BERT STERN PHOTOS POP ART COVER ANDY WARHOL RARE
$99.99

ORIGINAL ANDY WARHOL ART COVER ORANGE VARIANT DEBBIE HARRY RECORD EX RARE
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User Comments

  1. hey Tony. I found a couple of fanzines called Artchie Strips, one that features Andy Warhol and 1 that features the rolling stones. I looked online and found this, “Factory Madness From Archie Strips

    These pics are page 1 of a comic book that was created by a guy named Archie in 1968-69. One day I was on my way to see Holly Woodlawn who was living with Leee Childers and jayne County. I ran into Jackie Curtis Warhol Extraordinaire Drag Queen Superstar and she gave me a copy. A couple of days later Archie died in a scuba diving accident and that was that for Max’s premeire comic book.
    The second strip in this book includes Jane Fonda, Roger Vadim, Candy Darling and Eric Love in the back room of Max’s Kansas City. The third comic strip is one on the Stones before their Madison Square Garden performance. I think I have one of the few copies on the planet. ” i found these comic books. Are they worth anything ? Who would I ask to buy them ? thanks.

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