Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Signed by Andy Warhol with His Initials

    [Featured Lot]. Andy Warhol. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again). New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1975]. First edition, with "BCDE" on verso of title-page. Boldly signed by Andy Warhol with his initials ("A W") in black marker on the half-title. Octavo (8.3125 x 5.4375 inches; 211 x139 mm.). [14], 241, [1, blank] pages. Double-page title.
    Publisher's quarter orange cloth over yellow paper-covered boards with front cover stamped in black with Warhol's initials, back cover stamped in white with the ISBN, and spine stamped and lettered in white and lettered in outline in black. Top edge and corner of rear board bumped, with a crease and quarter-inch tear to top edge, resulting in a small indentation to the top edge of six leaves and light creasing to the upper tip of the last twenty-eight leaves (pages 187-[242]). Lower corners very lightly bumped. Otherwise a fine, clean copy. In the original black dust jacket designed by Herb Lubalin, with a photograph by Philippe Halsman, and with the original price of $7.95 on the front flap. Top edge of rear panel also bumped, with two short tears and a bit of recoloring visible on the verso; a few tiny chips to foot of spine, also with a bit of recoloring visible on the verso. Faint vertical stripes down both front and rear panels, from a protective wrapper now removed. From the library John Carroll Collins, with his booklabel on front pastedown.
    Please visit for an extended description of this lot.

    More Information:

    "An incredible potpourri: sublimely irreverent, unfailingly funny-above all, true. Andy pokes and prowls around all the sacred cows of American life (work, success, fame, love, beauty) with such seriousness that they beg to be laughed at; he shakes the dust out of platitudes and lets them flap in the open air. At the same time, spinning unique theories about aspects of life normally left unexplored, he reveals the qualities that have made him one of the most powerful forces in shaping our culture" (front flap of dust jacket).

    Ghostwritten by Warhol's assistant and frequent collaborator Pat Hackett, Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello, and Warhol "superstar" Brigid Berlin. In his book Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up (New York: Harper Collins, 1990, page 309), Bob Colacello writes: "I hadn't fully comprehended what I'd gotten myself into by ghostwriting the [Philosophy] book, until Andy was photographed for the cover of New York magazine, which had bought the first serial rights. They posed him in a closet, sitting at a typewriter, under a headline that read: 'Andy Warhol's Greatest Secret: He Likes to Write.' It finally hit me then - I was part of a big lie, and while it had lined my pockets, it robbed my ego of any hope of recognition. Pat Hackett probably felt even more ripped off: Nine chapters were wholly hers; four were mostly mine; one, 'The Tingle,' was Brigid's, and all three of us had worked on the prologue."

    According to Pat Hackett, in The Andy Warhol Diaries (New York: Warner Books, 1989, page xv): "I did eight separate interviews with Andy on the basis of which I wrote chapters 1 through 8 and chapter 10. Then, using material from conversations Andy had taped between himself and Bob Colacello and Brigid Berlin, I wrote the introductory chapter and chapters 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14. It was the first major project Andy and I had worked on together."

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    28th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 432

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 9 days left to consign to the 2020 May 3 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - New York !

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674