Death and Disaster - the Rise of the Warhol Empire and the Race for Andy's Millions
New York: Random House Villard, 1994. Second Printing. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Photos. 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 x 1 " 0679432736 1994 Hardcover book , second printing, in the original dust Jacket ... Brand new from 1994 publisher ... Never opened , Never read , Never marked; very small scrumple one corner. Book size: 6-1/4" wide x 9-1/2" tall x 1" thick; 258 pages; illustrated with 18 pages black and white glossy photographs of Warhol, some of his artwork, and the inside of his townhouse, and some people from his life, including Tom Wolfe, as well as photos of the trial to determine the value of the estate after his untimely death ... You can't take it with you ... Trouble is, he wasn't planning on going ... at least not then ... The sudden shocking death of the late great American artist Andy Warhol took the art world by surprise ... and must have been quite a shock to him as well ... Even though he always had a deep distrust of hospitals , he didn't expect to be actually killed outright in one ... " Dead means a lot of money, honey " , Warhold once said ... And he was right ... After his death , the story of shameless greed, dastardly deeds, brilliant investments, tainted alliances, stolen treasures, power plays, and the many different types of love, as well as lust for money, which played out , would have topped even the ironic wit of Andy himself ... Almost the moment of his death in 1987, less than 24 hours after being admitted for a routine and minor operation ... an executor took charge, lawyers were called in , Andy's townhouse, stuffed to the rafters with antiques, collectables, paintings, bric-a-brac and just plain junk, was sealed ... Security guards were posted at the Factory ... but ... not before Warhol paintings were moved to secret warehouses ... some of those paintings never to be seen again ... The private world that Andy had so carefully constructed and kept hidden for more than 30 years was about to go public in a big way ... A brilliant collector, compulsive shopper, and compulsive painter, Andy left vast holdings of antique furniture and jewellry, as well as some museum quality artifacts, and contemporary art by many other artists; as well as a profitable magazine, his New York properties, and , most valuable of all ... his own unsold work ... in numbers so large, it would take months to even appraise it ... In their early moments of shock, his associates set the value of his estate at only between 10 and 15 million dollars... Seven years later, with the estate still not closed, some claimed it was worth $220 million ... some said as much as 4 times that ... Who was right , and who was wrong, and who was crooked, and who was just plain dumb ? ... It took a court case to sort it all out ... and when the dust settled, the judge in New York, in 1994, had to assess the value ... Shortly after his death in the late 80s, as directed in his will, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was created - it was a non-profit organization to give out grants ... By 1990, however the foundation and the estate that created it would be at war ... along with the laywer who at one time represented both entities ... The battle raged in court, and in the newspapers and magazines and on the television news ... When the case was finally ended, the estate value was set in the court at more than 500 million dollars ... As Andy might have said ... " great " ( no exclamation mark ) ... But the process it took to get there was anything but great - it was both comic and tragic, and ultimately absurd ... This is the true story of what went on with the Warhol estate ... what there was, who got what and what went where ... Absolutely fascinating ... Author Paul Alexander has written for the New York Times Magazine, ARTnews, The Village Voice , and others, and is the author of Rough Magic, the biography of Sylvia Plath, as well as Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the biography of James Dean ... He lives in Manhattan. This book is ; " Death and Disaster - The Rise of the Warhol Empire and the Race for Andy's Millions " ... by Paul Alexander ... published by Random House Villard , New York ... 1994 Hard cover book in its original DJ ***. New/New .
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Keywords: Andy Warhol paintings antique collection death of factory estate art history