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).