22 February 1987: Warhol passed away in New York Hospital after a routine operation. “I’m not afraid to die; I just don’t want to be there when it happens,” he’d previously remarked.
As a young man, pop art maverick Andy Warhol had ‘lazy’ eyes and used pinhole cardboard glasses to strengthen them. Later, he graduated to his trademark ‘Miltzen’ specs from Moscot, New York’s oldest and most celebrated optical outlet. Originally launched in the 1930s, the design of the ‘Miltzen’ marries perfectly round lenses with strong, graphic rims. Warhol’s frames were a tinted shade of crystal acetate, to complement his signature silver wig. Although in later years, he switched to vivid red ones.