Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold for 195 million: it’s a record –

out of Laura Zangarini

For the portrait “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” he paid the highest price ever for an American work of art. But also a record for a work from the twentieth century

It shows the actress Marilyn MonroeSummary of American Dreaman image that is universally recognized and ingrained in the collective consciousness, painting most expensive of the twentieth century: one of Andy Warhol’s (1928-1987) iconic pop portraits entitled Silkscreen «Shot Sage Blue Marilyn» (1964), he conquered with $195 million (184.4 million euros) the new one world record at Christie’s in New York during the auction of the catalog of the “21st Century Evening Sale”. After a bid fight if it took less than four minutes between as many potential buyers, the work was bought by the famous gallery owner Larry Gagosian present in the auditorium of the Rockefeller Center. Gagosian declined to say whether he bought the painting for himself or for a client.

Christie’s expected such a result and had predicted it the night before 200 million dollars as the maximum of the initial estimate. The previous record for Warhol’s work was $105.4 million, set in 2013 by «Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)» (1963). At $19 million, the King of Pop Art’s painting ousted Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O), a 1955 masterpiece, from the podium Pablo Picasso Sold for 179.4 million in 2015, also at Christie’s in New York. However, it remains unreachable the pole position of the most expensive work of all time, “Savior of the world” by Leonardo da Vinci, sold in 2017 for 450 million dollars by the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” was delivered to the auction house by the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation in Zurich: all the proceeds of the sale benefits the company to which it is dedicated improve children’s lives around the world by providing health care and education programs. With a hundred percent of Proceeds go to charitythe sale of this single painting constitutes thePhilanthropic Auction with the highest grossing since The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller catalog was sold in 2018.

The image that embodies the meaning a beauty that enchants and who escape together was recreated by Warhol in five square canvases entitled “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” (each measuring 40″ x 40″), depicting the diva Marilyn Monroe being stalked by a single bullet in hit the forehead different colored backgrounds: red, orange, light blue, sage blue and turquoise. What is auctioned is painted sage blue. Andy Warhol’s Marilyn painting is certainly more famous today than the original promotional frame for it The Movie Niagara (1953) by Henry Hathaway on which it is based.

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” is a definitive work in Warhol’s oeuvre. The King of Pop Art began Create Marilyn Monroe screenprints after his death in August 1962. He repeatedly reproduced his face in bright colors, often with slightly crooked features. In 1964 he developed a more sophisticated and time-consuming screen printing technique, contrast to mass production what he is best known for and produced a limited run of portraits of the Hollywood legend. That Technology it was like this difficult, in fact that he never went back there. The spectacular portrait of the series “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” isolates the person and the star: Marilyn the woman is gone; that terrible circumstances his life e his death they are forgotten. All that remains is the enigmatic smile that connects her with another mysterious smile of a distinguished woman, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

Thomas and Doris Ammann were brothers and founders of Thomas Ammann Fine Art since 1977, a Historical gallery in Zurich which has supported numerous artists of modern and contemporary art. They managed the gallery with unparalleled zeal and impeccable taste, and referred to it as one of the most influential art spaces in Europe, loved and respected by the best collectors around the world. After her brother’s death in 1993, Doris successfully continued and supported the gallery with her grace, knowledge and discretion Career from a influential generation of artists.

“The proceeds from the sale to the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation will continue the brothers’ legacy in their tradition of kindness and generosity impact on children’s lives for generations,” says Georg Frei, President of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation. Alex Rotter, President of Christie’s 20th and 21st Century Art, commented, “The most important painting of the twentieth century, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn, is theabsolute top of American Pop Art and the promise of the American Dream embodied in it optimism, fragility, celebrity e iconography all together. The painting transcends the portrait genre in America and transcends 20th-century art and culture. Next to the Birth of Venus by Sando Botticelli to the gamenda by Leonardo Da Vinci ea The Ladies of Avignon by Pablo Picasso, Warhol’s Marilyn is categorical one of the greatest paintings Any times”.

May 10, 2022 (Modification May 10, 2022 | 08:28)

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