A portrait of Marilyn Monroe, painted by pop icon Andy Warhol in the 1960s, has sold for $195 million at auction, a record for an American artist’s work sold at auction.
The painting, called “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” is one of a series of portraits that Warhol drew of the actress following her death in 1962.
The painting was sold at auction by Christie’s in New York, on Monday, and the estimated value of the painting before the sale was about 200 million dollars, according to Reuters.
And the sale broke the previous record, for an American artwork displayed at auction, where in 2017, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat dating back to 1982, was sold for $110.5 million.
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The 1964 painting of Monroe’s face, with bright yellow hair, pink face and light blue eye shadow, is one of 5 Warhol’s paintings of Monroe.
The painting was owned by the Thomas and Doris Amann Foundation in Zurich, and all proceeds from the sale will go to the foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world.
Warhol relied on the painting, based on a promotional image of Monroe from the movie “Niagara” in 1953.
Its title refers to an incident in which a woman fired a pistol at a set of 4 portraits of Marilyn in Warhol’s studio, although this painting was not hit by a bullet.
Monroe was one of the most prominent Hollywood stars, before she died of a drug overdose at her home in Los Angeles on August 4, 1962. The artist, Warhol, died in 1987.