Warhol ‘Blue’ Marilyn Monroe portrayed at auction for an estimated record $ 200 million

Andy Warhol“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” portrait of Marilyn Monroe will go to auction in New York on Monday for a expected $ 200 million.

If it really sells for that, Christie’s “Lot 36A”- the signed and dated (1964) acrylic and ink on linen silkscreen piece (1964) – will become the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold at auction. Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” currently hold that honor. It sold for $ 179.4 million in 2015.

Christie’s it was projecting an image of the artworkby the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation in Zurich, on the facade of the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan from 29 April and will continue until 13 May.

The auction record for a Warhol to date is $ 104.5 million paid for “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” in 2013.

Joan Robledo-Palop, collector and CEO of Zeit Contemporary Art in the city, called the Excited for the “unprecedented” sale.

Alex Rotter, head of 20th and 21st century art at Christie’s, called the portrait “the most significant 20th century painting up for auction in a generation”.

Christie’s describes the work as having the “classical beauty of ‘Venus de Milo’”. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)

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The 40 x 40 inch work is part of a series of portraits the pop artist made of Monroe after his death from an overdose in August 1962. They became known as the “Shot” series after a visitor to the “Factory” Warhol’s Manhattan studio fired at them with a pistol, piercing the portraits, which were later repaired.

Christie’s describes the work as having the “classical beauty of ‘Venus de Milo’” and the label “a modern ‘Mona Lisa

He credits Warhol with cementing the Monroe “myth” on his own, thanks to the artist’s “unique ability to capture the humble beauty of a global superstar.”

The work is “Warhol’s latest representation of his inspirational muse“, Which highlights Monroe’s” plump lips “,” voluminous curls “and” piercing blue eyes, “according to Christie’s.

The portrait will be one of over a dozen great works on offer during a series of New York spring sales at top auction houses in the coming weeks.