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Billionaires prefer blondes: Warhol’s Marilyn portrait sells for $195m

‘Shot Sage Blue Marilyn’ silk-screen breaks record for American art at New York auction

Dan Whitcomb

Pop artist Andy Warhol’s famed 1964 silk-screen portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold for $195m (R3.14bn) at auction on Monday, a record for a work by an American artist.

Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is one in a series of portraits Warhol made of the actress after her death in 1962 and has since become one of pop art’s best-known pieces.

Held in the collection of Swiss art dealers Thomas and Doris Ammann, it was sold by Christie’s at an auction in New York. Pre-sale estimates had reached as high as $200m (R3.22bn)...

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