Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’ brings a record auction price, $ 195 million: NPR


Andy Warhol Recorded sage Blue Marilyn he set a record as the most expensive American work of art sold at auction.

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Andy Warhol Recorded sage Blue Marilyn he set a record as the most expensive American work of art sold at auction.

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Recorded sage Blue Marilyn she set a record as amazing as the actress she portrays.

One of the many pictures of Marilyn Monroe with Andy Warhol’s silo print was at auction by Christie’s in New York for $ 195 million. The price, which includes fees, is the highest for 20th-century artwork sold at auction and the highest for American artwork, surpassing $ 179.4 million in 2015 for Pablo Picasso Algerian women (version O) and $ 110.5 million in 2017 for a 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting.

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Warhol’s works have long been among the most desirable collectors of American art, along with Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, and Mark Rothko. But Warhol Marilyn the series carries a unique cultural mystique. Beginning in 1964, Warhol released more than a dozen portraits of the actress, all based on a picture from one of Monroe’s most memorable films, Niagara, from 1953.

“When you see the picture, you’ll recognize that you’re actually much more familiar with Warhol’s vision of Marilyn than with old film footage from Marilyn herself,” said Alex Rotter, 20th and 21st century CEO at Christie’s. Morning edition last week.

The final price can be just as stunning as Warhol’s candy-colored palette. But Recorded sage Blue Marilyn not even the most expensive 20th century painting ever sold. A piece by Willem De Kooning called Exchange sold for $ 300 million in 2015 to a hedge fund manager who also picked up the handsome Jackson Pollock for $ 200 million.

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