Brillo Box (3 ¢ Off)

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Brillo Box (3 ¢ off)
Directed byLisanne Skyler
Produced bySheila Nevins
Tristine Skyler
Judith Black
Lisa Heller
Kevin Black
Written byLisanne Skyler
Distributed byHBO
Release date
18 June 2016
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUnited States

Brillo Box (3 ¢ off) is a 2016 documentary short film directed and written by Lisanne Skyler. It is produced by Sheila Nevins, Tristine Skyler and Judith Black under HBO Documentary Films. The film revolves around the Brillo Box soap pads, that was designed by pop art icon Andy Warhol and was sold for $3 million at Christie's auction having been refused by companies forty-year earlier.[1]

It was shortlisted with ten other short-film from 69 entries submitted to the 89th Academy Awards in Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) category.[2]


Brillo Box (3¢ off) follows a yellow Andy Warhol Brillo Box sculpture as it makes its way from a Skyler family's living room to a record-breaking Christie's auction, blending personal narrative with pop culture, and exploring how we navigate the ephemeral nature of art and value.

The film shows and discusses Warhol's work and ideas, and how the culture has accepted his work as a lasting commentary on society and consumerism art. Artist Peter Young is also featured in the documentary.



  1. ^ "A Movie Tells the $3 Million Tale of a Warhol Brillo Box". Wall Street Journel. October 26, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "10 DOC Shorts on Oscars's 2016 Short list". October 26, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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