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Marilyn: Warhol's most iconic work

Next May, the famous auction house Christie's will put Andy Warhol's iconic painting "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" on sale in New York. Estimated at $200 million, this work is likely to become the most expensive XNUMXth century work in history.

This iconic work could dethrone "The Women of Algiers" (1955) by Pablo Picasso sold for 179,4 million dollars in 2015, in first place among the most expensive works of the 450th century. world is the very famous "Salvator Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci, which sold for 2017 million dollars in XNUMX.


A Hollywood icon turned Pop Art star

It was on the death of Marilyn Monroe that Andy Warhol began to make serigraphs from her portrait. Two years later he developed a very complex reproduction technique allowing him to obtain these famous colours. He therefore created a very limited number of portraits of Marilyn. This work will become a legend to the point of being studied years later by all art history students.

“Andy Warhol's Marilyn is the absolute pinnacle of American pop culture and the promise of the American dream that encapsulates both optimism, fragility, fame and iconography. according to Alex Rotter, one of the co-directors of Christie's.

The painting has traveled the world since it has been exhibited in the most prestigious institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, the Centro de Arte Reine Sofia in Madrid, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Fondation Beyeler in Basel.


Andy Warhol and the art market

In 1998, the last time one of Andy Warhol's five precious Marilyns was sold at auction, the estimate between $2 and 3 million was greatly exceeded to reach $17 million. Today, the auction house intends to explode the auction record of the artist held to date by Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) (1963) sold for 105,4 million dollars at Sotheby's in New York, in 2013.


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