Before he became the darling of the 60s New York art scene, and soon to be legend of Pop Art, Andy Warhol made a living as an illustrator. In 1958, he illustrated the story of The Little Red Hen, in a volume of the short story anthology for children called Best In Children's Books published by Nelson Doubleday. The story of the Little Red Hen appeared in volume #15 of the popular children's series. Warhol also did illustrations for a story entitled Card Games Are Fun in volume #27 of the anthology series. As part of the stable of freelance artists that Doubleday used to illustrate these regularly published anthologies, it's likely that many more contained work by Warhol. A quick Internet search reveals many of the these volumes for sale, on second-hand book sites. So you can pick-up a Warhol for only a few dollars.
It's thought that the artist illustrated around 6 different stories for Doubleday, as part of the series. It's hard to tell, as this work is little known and acknowledged in the art world. Which is unusual, for someone who has become one of the most famous and highest selling artists in art history. So, if you want a piece of art history, get yourself on Amazon or Abebooks and do some digging. Pick up an early example of Warhol for a lot less than his multi-million dollar later works now sell for.
In 2008, Andy Warhol's piece the Eight Elvises from 1963, sold for over a $100,000,000. So snapping up one of these mass produced children's books, not only buys into Warhol's later factory-mass-production artistic aesthetic, you're getting a authentic piece of art history for a tiny fraction of the price.
Weird Retro Fact: The illustrations from the book fist appeared on Weird Retro's facebook page in 2011.