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Andy Warhol Amiga Floppy Disk Artworks Discovered After 30 Years In Museum Archives

24/04/2014 10:09 BST | Updated 24/04/2014 10:59 BST

Floppy disks are defunct, right?

Well, perhaps but they can still hold some absolute gems.

Some Amiga floppies lying untouched in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh have revealed a series of original and previously unseen works of art.

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Self portrait

They were commissioned by Commodore in 1985 to showcase the capabilities of computers of the day, pretty impressive at the time.

The disks were not in a particularly good state when found and it took a group of students and professionals from the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club.

Even simply reading the disks could have damaged them irreparably. This was hindered even further when it was found the files were saved in an unrecognised format.

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Warhol's iconic can of soup

This required some clever reverse engineering in order to reveal the images.

Theimages were captured on film and the end result, Trapped, will be shown at Carnegie Library Hall in Pittsburgh on 10 May.

It will also be available to view online at nowseethis.org from 12 May.

Andy Warhol Drawings