The former firehouse that served as Andy Warhol’s first New York City studio is now up for sale! Being handled by Real Estate Firm, Cushman & Wakefield, the asking prices is $9.975 million. The studio is located at 159 East 87th Street and is about 5,000 square feet.
Warhol first acquired the studio in 1962 and produced many of his iconic works at this location such as his Disaster paintings. Before he began working at the studio, Warhol worked out of the townhouse he shared with his Mother just a few blocks away. However, it wasn’t long until he was in need of more space, with no more room for his Brillo boxes or Campbell’s soup prints.
Andy Warhol occupied the firehouse studio for about 2 years before moving into the building on East 47th Street that would become The Silver Factory.
So far, the firehouse studio has managed to stay within art-world hands. According to Property Shark, the current owner is Guy Wildenstein’s art dealership, Wildenstein & Co. The space is currently being marketed as “a blank canvas to create boutique condominiums, mixed use rental, luxury townhouse, or community facility/medical use.” Although Warhol originally paid $100 a month to rent the space, the building is now worth quite a lot. In 2014, the old lease for the property, signed by Warhol, sold at Sotheby’s for $13,750.