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Andy Warhol’s Childhood Endeavours

from The Atlantic

Warhols You Can Afford: Andy Warhol’s 1950s Children’s Books

Before his Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup prints, the pop art legend illustrated books—and they’re still available and inexpensive

Andy Warhol may be one of only seven artists in the world to have ever sold a canvas for $100 million, but it turns out you don’t have to be a billionaire to own “a Warhol.” In fact, you can do so for next to nothing.

In the late 1950s, Warhol belonged to Doubleday’s stable of freelance artists, making a living designing book covers and illustrating dry business books. Shortly before halting his love affair with the corporate world in fear of compromising his flirtations with the art world, he illustrated six stories for the excellent Best In Children’s Books. (Cue in my recent review of littleknown children’s books by famous “adult” authors.) Among them was the story “Card Games Are Fun,” from Best of Children’s Books #27, published in 1959.

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Posted on August 10, 2011 by Editor

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