Warhol 'Blue' Marilyn Monroe Portrait Up For Auction For Estimated Record $200 Million

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Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” representation of Marilyn Monroe is going up for auction successful New York Monday for an anticipated $200 million.

If it really sells for that, Christie’s “Lot 36A” — the signed and dated (1964) acrylic and silkscreen ink-on-linen portion — volition go the astir costly 20th-century artwork ever to merchantability astatine auction. Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” presently holds that honor. It sold for $179.4 cardinal successful 2015.

Christie’s has been projecting an representation of the artwork, from the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation Zurich, onto the facade of Rockefeller Center successful Manhattan since April 29 and volition proceed to bash truthful until May 13.

The auction grounds for a Warhol to day is the $104.5 cardinal paid for “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” successful 2013.

Joan Robledo-Palop, a collector and CEO of Zeit Contemporary Art successful the city, called the excitement implicit the merchantability “unprecedented.”

Alex Rotter, caput of 20th and 21st period creation astatine Christie’s, has called the representation “the astir important 20th period coating to travel to auction successful a generation.”

Christie’s describes the enactment    arsenic  having the “classical quality   of the ‘Venus de Milo.’” (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Christie’s describes the enactment arsenic having the “classical quality of the ‘Venus de Milo.’” (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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The 40-by-40-inch enactment is portion of a bid of portraits the popular creator made of Monroe aft her decease from a cause overdose successful August 1962. They became known arsenic the “Shot” bid aft a visitant to Warhol’s “Factory” workplace successful Manhattan fired a weapon astatine them, piercing the portraits, which were aboriginal repaired.

Christie’s describes the enactment arsenic having the “classical quality of the ‘Venus de Milo,’” and labels it “a modern ’Mona Lisa

It credits Warhol with single-handedly cementing the “myth” of Monroe, owed to the artist’s “unique quality to seizure the humble quality of a planetary superstar.”

The enactment is “Warhol’s eventual depiction of his eventual muse,” which highlights Monroe’s “full lips,”“voluminous curls” and “piercing heavy bluish eyes,” according to Christie’s.

The representation volition beryllium one of much than a twelve large works being offered during a bid of New York outpouring income astatine the apical auction houses successful the adjacent weeks.

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