Warhol’s “Marilyn” is auctioned for $ 195 million

Pop artist Andy Warhol’s famous 1964 Marilyn Monroe silkscreen portrait was sold at an auction on Monday (May 9) for $ 195 million. This is a record of the work of an American artist sold at auction.

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” is one of a series of portraits of the actress after Warhol died in 1962 and has been one of the most famous works of pop art ever since.

Held in the collections of Swiss art dealers Thomas and Doris Amman, it was sold by Christie’s at an auction in New York. The pre-sale quote reached $ 200 million.

The painting was sold at a hammer price of $ 170 million. Due to the additional charge, the final price was $ 195 million.

This sale broke the previous record of American artwork at the $ 115 million auction set in 2017 for a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“We sold the most expensive paintings of the 20th century. I’m very proud of it … I think everyone is very proud of it. This is a big achievement I don’t have. But only for Warhol and Marilyn … 20th century works of art, American works of art, the best price ever paid, close to $ 200 million. Let’s sink. That’s pretty much. That’s what Christie’s 20th and 21st century art president Alex Rotter said.

This painting is based on Monroe’s promotional photo from the 1953 movie “Niagara” and is shown in bright colors on the eyes, hair and lips.

The title refers to a woman shooting a stack of four Marilyn portraits with a pistol in Warhol’s studio, even though “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” wasn’t hit by a bullet.

Monroe was one of Hollywood’s most famous stars before he died of overdose at his home in Los Angeles on August 4, 1962.

Warhol died in 1987.

(Reuters) Warhol’s “Marilyn” is auctioned for $ 195 million

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