Andy Warhol (1930-1987)
On February 21st 1987, Andy Warhol died unexpectedly of the effects of an operation. In the months leading up to his death, he had been working on a comprehensive series of screen prints inspired by the centenary of the automobile. The last pictures by Andy Warhol are cars. He chose his subjects from a wide rance of models, all fromt he Daimler-Benz company.
Warhol was fascinated by the 300 SL Gullwing and produced the 300 SL piece. It was presented to Daimler-Benz, and the resulting enthusiasm was the basis for an agreement. Warhol was to produce of total of 80 pieces depicting 20 cars taken from the first century of Benz, Daimler and Daimler-Benz's history. Half of these were to become the property of Daimler-Benz, and half were to be Warhol's. The works that were produced are believed to have been done in late 1986 and 1987, and concerned themselves with eight models. The other models to receive the Warhol treatment had already been chosen and were practically on their way to New York when the news of his death on February 22 arrived in Stuttgart.