The electric blue portrait of American artist Andy Warhol’s iconic actress Marilyn Monroe, “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” will be auctioned in May and is expected to be the most expensive20.th Century artwork for sale at auction.
Auction house Announced by Christie’s This week, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn leads sales for Marquee Week in May, with $ 200 million expected. It will make it the most expensive 20th Century artwork ever sold at auction, as Christie’s described the artwork as “one of the rarest and most transcendental images in existence.”
Warhol began making Monroe silkscreens after his death in August 1962. She used bright colors and she made a duplicate of her face. Often, some of her features are slanted. By 1964, Warhol had developed a more sophisticated and time-consuming screen printing technology, as opposed to his famous mass production. According to Christie’s, this new technology was so difficult that Warhol never used it for any other job.
Monroe died in 1962 at the age of 36 due to an apparent overdose of sleeping pills.
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“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” is 40 inches x 40 inches and depicts Monroe with an electric blue eyeshadow with a similar blue tone background.
This artwork has been exhibited in international galleries and museums around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London.
All proceeds from iconic works of art go to Zurich, the Thomas and Dris Amman Foundation, which provides health care and educational programs to children around the world. According to Christie’s, the sale of this single painting alone could be “the most profitable charity auction since the 2018 Peggy and David Rockefeller collection.”
“Andy Warhol’s Marilyn, the most important 20th-century painting that can be auctioned across generations, is the pinnacle of American pop, an American dream that encapsulates optimism, vulnerabilities, celebrities, and iconography all at once. It’s a promise, “said Chairman Alex Rotter. 20th And 21st Christie’s Century Art.
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