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Iconic Andy Warhol pop-art picture of Marilyn Monroe sells for £158 million

Andy Warhol’s iconic pop-art picture of Marilyn Monroe has been sold for £158 million.

It is a record sum for an American artist at auction.

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” is one in a series made by Warhol after the actress’ death in 1962.

It’s probably one of the most recognised pictures in the world.

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Christie’s in New York held the auction.

Alex Rotter, chairman of 20th and 21st Century art at Christie’s, said:

“‘Shot Sage Blue Marilyn’ is the absolute pinnacle of American Pop.

“The painting transcends the genre of portraiture, superseding 20th century art and culture.”

The painting is based on a promotional photograph of Ms Monroe for the 1953 film “Niagara”.

Its obscure title came after a woman shot at a stack of four Marilyn portraits in Warhol’s studio with a pistol.

Only “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” was not hit.

 

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