Warhol makes $195m

May 11 2022

One of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe portraits sold at Christies in New York for $195m all in. Apparently Larry Gagosian was the buyer.

There was a lot of promotional speak about it, I liked this, in The Guardian:

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is the absolute pinnacle of American pop,” Alex Rotter, chairman of 20th and 21st century art at Christie’s, said. “The painting transcends the genre of portraiture, superseding 20th century art and culture.”

This pinnacle of American pop art is one of five verions, and that doesn't include all the other Marilyns in different formats. If we were to catalogue it by the same standards we use in Old Masters, it would be Studio of Andy Warhol after Eugene Kornman (who took the original photograph).

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