Auction house Christie's announced on Monday the May sale of a portrait of Andy Warhol's
estimated at $200 million, which would make it the most expensive 20th-century work of art ever sold to the public. auction.
Shot Sage Blue Marilyn
painted in 1964 by Andy Warhol,
"the most important 20th century painting to be auctioned in a generation
," according to a statement from Christie's in New York.
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With this serigraph made in 1964 of the star Marilyn Monroe, the artist Warhol tested a new format, using for the five backgrounds a different color (red, orange, turquoise blue, sage and clear).
This work has become over time a symbol of the history of art.
Coveted more than once by art buyers and exhibited in many museums around the world.
This is not the first time that a work by the artist has been put up for auction.
These are constantly put on the market with nearly 200 works per year according to
The Wall Street Journal.
If this portrait of the actress meets with the expected success, it will exceed the record of another painting by Warhol:
Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) from 1963,
sold for 105.4 million dollars by Soberthy's.