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$200m will come in Andy if you want this Warhol portrait of ...

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$200m will come in Andy if you want this Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe

It will go under the hammer in May and is expected to break the record for 20th-century art

Christine Kiernan
Andy Warhol's 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' is on display at Christie's Auction House in advance of the piece going up for auction in New York.
Andy Warhol's 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' is on display at Christie's Auction House in advance of the piece going up for auction in New York.
Image: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A portrait of Marilyn Monroe by 1960s pop icon Andy Warhol will go up for auction in May with an estimated value of $200m, which would set a record, Christie’s has announced.

The work, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, “is poised to be the most expensive painting of the 20th century ever sold at auction”, said Alex Rotter, Christies chairperson of 20th and 21st century art.

The 1964 likeness of Monroes face screen-printed with bright yellow hair, a pink face and light blue eye shadow, is one of five paintings Warhol made of Monroe.

Warhol “used a screening technique on these paintings, on this painting, that he never used again. It was way too complicated, way too involved,” said Rotter.

The work comes from the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation in Zurich. All the proceeds of the sale will benefit the foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world.

“The sale of this single painting will constitute the highest grossing philanthropic auction since the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller in 2018,” said Christies American Chairman Marc Porter.

Christies says the highest price paid for a Warhol was for the painting Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), which sold for $105m in 2013.

Reuters

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