In Warhol's Junk Pile: Cash, Soup ... Nude Jackie O

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 3:00 PM CDT
In Warhol's Junk Pile: Cash, Soup ... Nude Jackie O
Jackie Onassis in 1969.   (Getty Images)

Andy Warhol was a prolific collector, but his accumulations defied categorization until 1973, when a colleague suggested he put his finds in boxes. That didn’t help much, the AP reports. “He really didn’t like organization and there would be several boxes going at a time,” says the leader of a curatorial group painstakingly sifting through 610 such boxes the artist sent to a Pittsburgh storage facility.

$17,000 in cash? Natch. A rotting piece of Caroline Kennedy’s wedding cake? Of course. There’s also a nude picture of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, signed “For Andy, with enduring affection, Jackie Montauk.” What? “It really matches her writing,” says the lead curator—whose team also has to deal with the burst soup cans Warhol habitually dropped inside the boxes. (Read more Andy Warhol stories.)

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