Warhol's lost computer art rediscovered 30 years later


After being locked away on floppy disks for nearly three decades, works created by Andy Warhol on a Commodore Amiga computer in 1985 were recovered, the Andy Warhol Museum said.

The new works, which depict some of the pop artist's iconic images, including his famous Campbell's soup can, were extracted from floppy disks by the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club and its Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in a complex recovery process.

The whole process was documented by the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Andy Warhol in 1968.
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According to the museum, the project began after artist Cory Arcangel learned of Warhol's Amiga work from a YouTube clip showing Warhol promoting the release of the Amiga 1000 in 1985.

Arcangel contacted the museum and after some hunting the files were found and a team was assembled to recover the data.

To read more about the process and see some of the images, click here.

—By CNBC Staff.