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08/06/2013 02:36 pm ET

Andy Warhol Started His Life In A Modest Home In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PHOTOS)

Depending on your point of view, he was either a brilliant artist or a brilliant lifestyle marketer before such a term existed. (We go with a little bit of column A, a little bit of column B.) Whatever you believe, seeing Andy Warhol's childhood home at 3252 Dawson Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, brings the pop culture icon a touch more down-to-earth.

Warhol's family moved into this semi-detached residence in 1934, when Andy was 3. His father, Ondrej Warhola, chose the home based on its proximity to the local school and the Byzantine Catholic Church. But what was notable for Warhol was the fruit cellar and his bedroom. The former was the site where his brother Paul taught him to use a camera, while the latter room was where his mother taught him to draw as he recovered from serious illnesses.

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Andy Warhol was born on this day in 1928. Celebrate his life with a look back at his early drawings, or visit the live stream coverage of his gravesite (yes, you read that correctly).

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