Preparing for the spring auction and proving the lasting strength of a good trophy, Christie’s announced that it will sell the 1964 Marilyn Monroe Andy Warhol silkscreen for an estimated $ 200 million. This makes it the most expensive in the 20th century. Century artwork for sale at auction.
The announcement of the work “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” has brought great excitement to the high-end art market, which has survived the coronavirus pandemic almost unscathed.
“The most important 20th-century painting that can be auctioned across generations, Andy Warhol’s” Marilyn, “is the absolute pinnacle of American pop, the promise of American dreams, optimism, vulnerabilities, celebrities, The iconography is encapsulated at once. “Christie’s 20th and 21st century art chairman Lotter said in a statement. Rotter likened it to “one of the greatest paintings of all time”, Mona Lisa, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”.
This painting was presented to Christie’s by the Thomas and Doris Amman Foundation in Zurich. Zurich supports children’s health care and education programs. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Foundation, which could be the highest-selling charity auction since Christie’s collected Peggy and David Rockefeller in 2018.
Brothers Thomas and Doris Amman founded Thomas Amman Fine Art in 1977, a Zurich gallery specializing in Impressionist, contemporary, postwar and contemporary artists. After Thomas died in 1993, Doris continued to lead the gallery. She died last year.
Warhol’s auction record is $ 104.5 million in his “Silver Car Collision (Double Disaster)” in 2013.
The silkscreen, with its striking bright blue eyeshadow, yellow hair and red lips, is based on a promotional photo of the actress’s movie “Niagara”, which is part of the portrait of “Shot Marilyn” in the Warhol series. (The title of this series is because in 1964 a woman set foot in Warhol’s factory studio and took her pistol to pierce a pile of Marilyn’s four paintings.)
“The magnificent portrait separates people from the stars,” Foundation President George Frey said in a statement. “Marilyn is gone. The horrifying situation of her life and her death is forgotten. All that remains is a mysterious smile that connects her to another mysterious smile of the prominent woman, Mona Lisa. only.”
This work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London.