ADDED: Poor Andy!
He's not around to enjoy the fabulous joke of his pictures of money grabbing so much money. And yet, the price of the painting is affected by the fact that Andy Warhol is dead. How did he die? Not from the bullet wounds, the scars of which you can see in that painting (by Alice Neel). He died after a gall bladder operation:
His condition was stable after the operation... but he had a heart attack in his sleep...It was 1987.
In 1968... a would-be follower shot and critically wounded Mr. Warhol at the Factory....He lived almost 20 years after the assassination attempt, and then he died mysteriously, at the age of 58.
He never denied his obsession with art as a business and with getting publicity; instead, he proclaimed them as philosophical tenets.What would he say if he could have seen the price grabbed by "200 One Dollar Bills"? What do you want him to say?
"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art," he said on one occasion. On another, he said: "Art? That's a man's name." As widely known as his art and his own image were, however, Mr. Warhol himself was something of a cipher. He was uneasy while speaking about himself. "The interviewer should just tell me the words he wants me to say and I'll repeat them after him," he once said....
In his glancing and elliptical style, Mr. Warhol wrote about subjects ranging from art to money and sex. "Checks aren't money," he wrote in one section of the book. In another, he said: "Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet."