An iconic portrait that American artist Andy Warhol made of actress Marilyn Monroe was sold for $195 million (about 184 million euros) on Monday evening at an auction at auction house. Christie’s† Never before has a work of art by an American artist brought in so much money.
It is also the first time that a work of art from the 20th century has been sold for such an amount. The record was held by Pablo Picasso, whose painting Les Femmes d’Alger was sold for approximately 170 million euros. Nevertheless, the final amount for the Monroe piece is lower than the predetermined value, which was approximately 190 million euros. The most expensive painting of all time is still Salvator Mundic by Leonardo da Vinci, which was sold for 425 million euros.
The portrait of Monroe comes from 1964, two years after the death of the actress, when Warhol made a series of silkscreens with identical portraits of the famous Hollywood star. He used different colors. The artwork that was auctioned on Monday evening was due to the predominantly blue colors Shot Sage Blue Marilyn called. According to the auction house, it is “one of the most important works of art ever”. The proceeds of the auction will go to a Swiss foundation that managed the portrait.