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Five Ways To Celebrate Warhol on His 85th Birthday

We’re obviously big fans of Andy Warhol here at Christie’s, and we wanted to share some things you can do to celebrate the Pop King’s 85th birthday this August 6th. Here’s five ways to spend the day in style.

1. SEE ANDY’S RESTING PLACE IN REAL TIME:

“I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say “figment,” Warhol reportedly once said. See a live feed of the artist’s grave site via a collaboration between EarthCam and The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. “Figment” is billed as a collaborative multimedia project where viewers can experience the sights and sounds of Warhol’s grave, along with a live stream of the church where he was baptized. Get ready for “one-of-a-kind artwork with Warholian image effects and color palettes,” ARTINFO reports.

We can’t wait.

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2. READ BETWEEN THE LINES IN THESE BIOGRAPHIES:

Read Factory Superstar Edie Sedgwick’s biography, American Girl. This international best-seller by Jean Stein — and edited by Paris Review founder George Plimpton — is sure to delight numerous Warhol fans via interviews with art world insiders and hangers on at the Factory. Pop Art kingpin Ivan Karp tells Stein, “I was fascinated by his curious and elusive presence.” Fans can also take a page from by Bob Colacello and read his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up.

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3. GO GLOBAL:

Get free admission today (August 6) for“Andy Warhol. Life, Death and Beauty” at the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Centre in… Azerbaijan!

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4. GET A BITE AT A FACTORY HAUNT:

Urban-dwelling Americans and Brits can head to their local Mr. Chow location, where Andy was a regular (though it’s debatable whether he actually consumed the food).

“Self-Portrait,” circa 1977 Screenprint on paper Estimate: $60,000-80,000

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 5. WATCH A MOVIE (AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN):

See the largest installation of Warhol’s media works – including The Chelsea Girls (1966) and Screen Tests (1964-66) — at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh today.

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SEE IT / BUY IT / OWN IT:

For more on all things Warhol, head to our Aspen pop-up sale in collaboration with 212 Gallery, register to bid, and see more online auctions here.

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