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My Warhol and leaves the studio. He’s back in a flash with a bag of bananas. He shoots two more rolls of himself eating the bananas because he has made a banana movie called Harlot in which the star of the film eats six bananas in one hour. The Saturday Evening Post’s photo editor loved the shots of Andy eating the banana. He suggested we ask Andy to make a silk screen of one that could run with the story. I took a black and white print of the shot over to The Fac-

tory. Warhol thought making a screen of it was a great idea and said he would do it for $5,000. Both the Post and I had a good laugh. Warhol’s top price in 1965 was around $1,500. But he had heard “mass media,” and the ripoff was on. I told him thank you very much, but no thanks. As an idealistic journalist fast approaching 30 at a time when word on the street was not to trust anyone over 30, I did a bit of stewing about art, the art market and the uncomfortable truth about how one’s ability to hustle ~ as Warhol was proving once again ~ would overcome talent any day of the week. And then, one of the things Warhol had said to me lit up like neon in my brain: “Anyone could do what I am doing.” I grabbed the print of Warhol eating the banana and took off for the local art supply store. There I ordered a silk screen of the photograph, picked up several jars of silk screen paint in different colors, a bunch of canvases and a little booklet about how to do silk

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