Andy Warhol's First New York City Studio Selling for $10M

Warhol leased the 5,000-square-foot space in 1962 for $150 a month

Andy Warhol’s first New York City studio is on the market.

The two-story firehouse, at 159 E. 87th St., is being sold by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield for $9.975 million.

According to, Warhol leased the 5,000-square-foot space in 1962 for $150 a month. At the time, the studio was close to where he was living with his mother on Lexington Avenue between East 89th and East 90th streets.

Many of Warhol’s early works, including his famous "Disaster" series, were created in this studio, according to, which first reported the real estate listing.

The website reports that Warhol was already looking for possible locations in Midtown for the first iteration of what would become the Factory studios when he moved into the Upper East Side space.

Warhol ended his lease in 1963, according to The studio, originally designed as a firehouse in 1910, is currently owned by art dealer Wildenstein & Co.

Cushman & Wakefield describes the building as “a blank canvas to create boutique condominiums, a mixed-use rental or a luxury townhouse.”

NBC 4 New York has reached out to the Pittsburgh-based Andy Warhol Museum for comment on the significance of the building to the pop artist.

Warhol died in Manhattan on Feb. 22, 1987, following complications from gallbladder surgery. He was 58.

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