Andrew Warhola, or Andy Warhol to his friends, was an American pop artist, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, commercial illustrator, author and all-around fun guy. Born in Pittsburgh, his father worked in a coal mine, while he went on to study commercial art at the School of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie-Mellon). During the 1950's RCA Records hired him to design album covers, but during the 60's he came into his own, founding "The Factory" and helping to define, reflect and influence American Pop Culture on silkscreen, film, airwaves or any other medium at hand. He was hounded by critics, shot by a crazed fan, a regular at Studio 54, a volunteer at homeless shelters, an openly gay practicing Byzantine Rite Catholic and died in his sleep before he turned 60. Artnet is offering one of his works at an auction ending July 23, 2008 at 2 PM EST with an estimate somewhere in the $180-250k range.
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