Lew White – Melodic Magic

I have tried to hesitate using the term “holy grail”, but the story behind this cover is remarkable. I was unaware of this cover until late last year, when Guy Minnebach alerted the Warhol Cover Collectors’ Club of its existence. At the time, there were no more than three of these covers known to exist.

Almost unbelievable to me, there was not a single image of this cover on the entire internet. I spent months trying to find a copy to no avail. Knowing how important it would be to include a Warhol cover that had never been seen before, outside a few of us who had passed some photos around, I asked Guy Minnebach if he would consider loaning his rate gems for the show.

As befits a gentleman and a scholar, and one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure to make an acquaintance with during this journey, Guy was willing to part with his treasures for a really long time, from June until next March.

As the exhibition hopes to travel, we cannot expect our generous donors to go years without their precious covers. So I have still tried to find copies of the three covers I was unable to collect before the show opened.

Here is the second rarest Warhol cover that exists (unless more come to market).




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12 Responses to Lew White – Melodic Magic

  1. Holy grail is right. And what a fantastic looking copy, big congratulations! A nice crown jewel to any collection, even one as spectacular as yours! 🙂

  2. JT says:

    Now that collectors know about it, I’m sure copies of CAE 193 will start showing up regularly on eBay about as frequently as copies of CAE 158 show up.

    A funny story about CAE 158: I actually found a copy of it a while back at a certain record store here in Pittsburgh. The owner of the store recognized it immediately but sold it to me anyway for the sticker price (like $2 or something), I guess because I’m a regular. He didn’t have to do that and I felt so bad about it I returned the damn thing the very next day. For my effort, I received a generous amount of store credit. He sold the thing. Everybody won.

    Anyway, I digress. I don’t think I’ve ever come across the Lew White, but if I had, I doubt I would remember. It’s kind of unremarkable. Warhol did it, but really anyone could have.

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  4. Lawson says:

    I actually have one of these for sale if anyone is interested. Texpickins@gmail.com

  5. Kent says:

    I recently found a Melodic Magic and would like to offer it to collectors first. Are they as rare now as we thought last year at this time (5 or less in existence)?

    • warholcovers says:

      Certainly a few more copies have surfaced since the discovery was made public. I will send notice to my regular collaborators to see if there is an interest. My guess is your best bet would still be eBay. How much were you thinking of asking for it?

      • Kent says:

        Sleeve is E due to yellowing on back, but not on slip. Disc is M. I can’t tell if had ever been out of the sleeve before I took it out or if it had ever been played. Since I am not a collector, I do not know how to tell that. It was in the belongings of a family friend who gave it away when going into long term care. There has been one on eBay asking first $2000, then $1750, and now $1500. I will place it on there soon asking $1250, but would sell it directly for $1125. Will send pictures, of course, to anyone interested.

  6. Kent says:

    I took a closer look and disc is probably E and sleeve VG+.

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