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23. March 2022

Christie’s to Auction Andy Warhol’s Legendary Shot Sage Blue Marilyn Portrait

Christie’s auction house will offer Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe portrait this May. One of the most iconic paintings in history and an example of the visual power that Warhol’s artworks still exude, the portrait’s estimated worth may be up to 200 million dollars and has the potential to be the most expensive 20th century artwork sold at auction.

Along with his Campbell’s Soup Cans, the portrait of Marilyn Monroe is one of Andy Warhol’s most famous works. Already one of the legends of Pop Art, he began immortalizing the Hollywood beauty through silkscreen printing in 1962, shortly after her death. In 1964, he developed a more refined but much more demanding screen printing technique, which he used to hold up a mirror to the era’s ubiquitous mass produced images. This resulted in the very limited number of images he created, one of which is Shot Sage Blue Marilyn.

The famous painting is currently owned by the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, which was started by the Ammann siblings, who opened the Thomas Ammann Fine Art gallery in Zurich in 1977. All proceeds of the sale will benefit the foundation, whose mission is to improve the healthcare of children and provide them with educational programs worldwide. The rare portrait is expected to be sold for a record-breaking 200 million dollars.

“The most significant 20th century painting to come to auction in a generation, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn is the absolute pinnacle of American Pop and the promise of the American Dream encapsulating optimism, fragility, celebrity and iconography all at once,” says Alex Rotter, Christie’s Chairman, 20th and 21st Century Art.

Shot Sage Marilyn | Christie's

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