Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe portrait estimated to fetch $200 m at public sale

Andy Warhol’s iconic sage-blue background portrait of Marilyn Monroe is tipped to promote for a record-breaking $200 million at public sale within the spring, Christie’s introduced Monday. The public sale home stated it expects Warhol’s 1964 “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” to develop into the most costly twentieth century paintings when it goes beneath the hammer in New York in Could. The silk-screen work is a part of a gaggle of Warhol portraits of Monroe that grew to become referred to as the “Shot” collection after a customer to his Manhattan studio, referred to as “The Manufacturing facility,” apparently fired a gun at them.

In an announcement, Christie’s described the 40 inch (100 centimeter) by 40 inch portrait as “one of many rarest and most transcendent photographs in existence.” Alex Rotter, head of twentieth and twenty first century artwork at Christie’s, known as the portrait “probably the most important twentieth century portray to come back to public sale in a technology.”

“Andy Warhol’s Marilyn is absolutely the pinnacle of American Pop and the promise of the American Dream encapsulating optimism, fragility, superstar and iconography all of sudden,” he stated in an announcement. Warhol started creating silkscreens of Monroe following the actress’s demise from a drug overdose aged simply 36 in August 1962.

The pop artist produced 5 portraits of Monroe, all equal in measurement with totally different coloured backgrounds, in 1964. In keeping with pop-art folklore, 4 of them gained notoriety after a feminine efficiency artist by the identify of Dorothy Podber requested Warhol if she might shoot a stack of the portraits. Warhol stated sure, pondering that she meant {photograph} the works. As an alternative, she took out a gun and fired a bullet by the brow of Monroe’s picture.

The story goes that the bullet pierced 4 of the 5 canvasses, with Warhol barring Podber from The Manufacturing facility and later repairing the paintings-the “Shot” collection. The “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” portrait portrays her with a pink face, purple lips, yellow hair and blue eye shadow set in opposition to a sage-blue backdrop. It was primarily based on a promotional {photograph} of her for the 1953 film “Niagara” directed by Henry Hathaway.


At an unveiling at Christie’s headquarters in Manhattan, Rotter stated the portrait stood alongside Sandro Botticelli’s “Start of Venus”, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon as “categorically one of many biggest work of all time.” Solely 14 work have bought for greater than $100 million at public sale, based on an AFP tally, though others are anticipated to have modified arms for as a lot throughout personal gross sales.

The costliest twentieth century paintings bought at public sale is Picasso’s “Girls of Algiers,” which fetched $179.4 million in 2015. The public sale report for a Warhol is the $104.5 million paid for “Silver Automobile Crash (Double Catastrophe)” in 2013. In 1998, Sotheby’s bought the orange shot Marilyn for $17 million. Christie’s is promoting the work, which is able to headline its spring gross sales week, on behalf of the Zurich-based Thomas and Doris Ammann Basis. All proceeds of the sale will profit the muse, which works to enhance the lives of youngsters around the globe. – AFP


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