Andy Warhol, ‘THE HOLY GRAIL- RARE NEAR MINT, "Andy Warhol", , 1967, Velvet Underground & Nico LP , VERY RARE TORSO edition & UNPEELED BANANA STICKER, Museum Quality’, 1967, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘THE HOLY GRAIL- RARE NEAR MINT, "Andy Warhol", , 1967, Velvet Underground & Nico LP , VERY RARE TORSO edition & UNPEELED BANANA STICKER, Museum Quality’, 1967, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

THE HOLY GRAIL
"Andy Warhol", 1967, Velvet Underground & Nico LP Verve V5008 Mono, TORSO (verso), UNPEELED BANANA STICKER, US Pressing, Museum Quality, RARE.

The legendary FIRST ALBUM also known as the “BANANA COVER”,
with "TORSO" of Eric Emerson visible on the verso cover, Beautiful gatefold.
With the infamous Andy Warhol Banana with the peel-able 'skin' sticker on the front cover that is complete, intact, not pulled at or re-stuck/not stuck back on. Warhol's cover artwork: It's a mind expander with the Banana skin over the pink Banana. A great work of art from Warhol, a Pop icon where what you see is meant to be seen. Double entendre purposely presented.

The Cover and Album are authentic original First Pressings.
The cover is the original thick style US manufactured cardboard.
The LP is heavy thick vinyl. It's not a reissue, not a boot, not an import, not a record club version, not a counterfeit.
Blue label with silver 'T', Deep-Groove with 1.25 ring.

Condition (COVER): Near MINT (very RARE)- very slight wear from age.
Amazing white color on the front and verso covers as well as in the centerfold.
The Banana Sticker has not been peeled, no niks, no tears, no marks. The front cover has some light wear at the top and bottom and quite small marks at the opening edge with a very small bump at the upper very tip opening corner.
The spine is in beautiful condition with just a couple of flea sized dings/niks at the back edge. The top and bottom edges have no dings, no tears, no frays, virtually wear free.

  • The centerfold is beautifully white.
    *No split seams.
  • No bar codes.
    *No handwriting.
  • No water stains.
  • The original inner Verve paper sleeve is in Near Mint Condition, no split seams.
  • The Side One label is in Near Mint Condition without spindle marks. Side 2 has few lines.

Condition (VINYL):
PLAY GRADED- The vinyl is audio tested, see below.
All Records are viewed under bright light, as well as a cautious extensive audio check.
The record is one of those records that sometimes is a bit difficult to grade, especially
when you are doing an audio check.
DEADWAX / TRAIL-OFF:
Side One: (hand etched) V5008 MG558 NJ ( very very hard to see clearly) (machine stamped) 1C
Side Two: (hand etched) V5008 S MG 559 OO (looks like a keyhole)
The original Verve blue label has the large T-Shape logo with silver color print. Beautiful. The label has no spindle marks on Side One with barely-there visible spindle lines on Side Two.
The LP looks in-between Excellent to Excellent or better (+) Condition,
THE RECORD PLAYS in Very Good or better (+) to Excellent Condition,
The vinyl looks fantastic without any major visual flaws and with slight imperfections.
No deep nor finger-feel scratches. The biggest imperfection is a light surface needle scratch on Cut 1 Side 2 and just into the 2nd cut that does not distract from the play but at the beginning is a bit secondarily noisy. There are also paper lines/marks, and secondary under and in the music sounds that are sparse and scattered.
Beautiful bright clean shiny vinyl, The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. The sound on thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and driving. The slight flaws mentioned are quite minor as compared to the overall sound of this great album.

Signature: Unsigned as issued

Publisher: Verve Records

Private Collection, NY

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States