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Warhol and 25 Sams

Who would’ve associated the Upper East Side with Pop Art? Built in 1889 by Plaza Hotel architect Henry Hardenbergh (he also designed the Dakota), Andy Warhol bought this modest townhouse in 1959 and lived here until 1974. In the early 1960s the ground floor was used as a studio, and it is considered to be the first “Factory”.

He lived here with his mother (she moved back to Pittsburgh in 1970) and 25 cats, all named Sam- and stuff like the Brillo boxes and soup cans he used as art inspiration. Warhol admired his mother’s drawings and penmanship, her handwriting can often be seen in his work made during the time they lived together.

BTW, the last asking price was $5.8 mil….

Who: Andy Warhol

What: Townhouse, often thought of as the first Factory

Where: 1342 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128


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