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Why has the artist whose radical ideas galvanized the1960s art world continued to dominate the market and permeate popular culture?

This article titled “Andy Warhol’s legacy lives on in the factory of fame” was written by Alex Needham, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 10.24 UTC

On 22 February 1987, Andy Warhol died unexpectedly in a New York hospital after a routine operation on his gallbladder. Yet 25 years on, the artist described by Truman Capote, quoting Wilde, as “a sphinx without a secret” has never gone away. Not only does Warhol dominate the art market, with his work accounting for one-sixth of contemporary art sales, his influence permeates both high art and popular culture.

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