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Warhol died unexpectedly in New York in 1987 following a gallbladder operation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation was founded that same year in accordance with the artist’s will. He wanted his entire estate (with the exception of a few items delegated to family members) to comprise a new foundation dedicated to the “advancement of the visual arts.” The Foundation supports the creation and presentation of contemporary visual art to this day. In 1994, The Andy Warhol Museum opened as one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The building dates back to 1911, originally used as a distribution center. It was redesigned by architect Richard Gluckman, and today it houses a part of Warhol’s legacy, containing 900 paintings as well as sculptural works, works on paper, and photographs from all stages of the artist’s life and career.

Warhol’s personal life remained a mystery to the public until the day he died, which served as a part of this iconic figure’s allure. His legacy lives on in the art world, history, and pop culture, and his works are some of the highest-grossing in history. His portrait, Eight Elvises, resold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in history. A visual art and cultural pioneer, Warhol will forever be known for his quirky, controversial prints.