An appraisal that a man received on his collection of Andy Warhol memorabilia left him shocked. The man, who took his collection to the Antiques Roadshow, said he knew Warhol when he lived in New York in the 1980s. The man said he had his collection of Warhol memorabilia, which included signed Campbell’s soup cans, a larger-than-life Campbell’s soup print and copies of “Interview, the magazine Warhol co-founded, since that time.
An appraiser on the show said the man’s collection was worth $27,000 at a minimum. The signed Campbell’s soup cans were worth at least $1500 a piece; the copies of “Interview” were worth about $1000 each, and the Campbell’s soup can print worth at least $15,000.
The estimate, which the appraiser called “conservative,” made the man exclaim, “No way. Mom did you hear that? We are going to Acapulco for the weekend. Unbelievable.”
Warhol, who is also known for his iconic pop art images of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, began painting Campbell’s soup cans in the 1960s. In fact, his first major exhibit was called “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans.” The exhibit featured 32 canvases with larger-than-life Campbell’s soup cans. Each of the canvases featured one of the flavors Campbell’s offered.