An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe could sell for a new world record

With the rise of TikTok and Instagram, people turning into brands aren’t breaking glass ceilings, but in the 1960s when The Beatles, Jackie Onassis and Andy Warhol were considered royalty, it was revolutionary . In fact, Warhol is arguably as famous today as he was when he launched his iconic Campbell’s soup cans in 1962. Like the Beatles, Warhol’s legacy is transcendent: he’s almost as famous now, nearly four decades after his unexpected death, as he was in his heyday. And, like the artists who essentially invented a new style of art – Picasso’s Cubism, Breton’s Surrealism and Monet’s Impressionism – Warhol and his prolific collection of Pops who challenge the archaic hierarchy of society are infinitely more valuable today. Example : Blow Sage Blue Marilyn, one of Warhol’s iconic portraits, is expected to sell for no less than $200 million at Christie’s. And, in May, it could even be the most expensive work of art sold at auction.

Andy Warhol’s famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe, nicknamed Blow Sage Blue Marilynis expected to sell at auction at Christie’s for no less than $200 million.

Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

“This painting is the absolute pinnacle of Pop. Not only is it definitive in the work of Warhol, but in contemporary art and in the entire art historical canon,” says Johanna Flaum, Christie’s International Director, Head of After-School Art. war and contemporary. “This May, Christie’s Spring Marquee Week will mark the first time in a quarter century that a 40-inch Marilyn canvas by Warhol will be auctioned, providing collectors with a rare opportunity.” The iconic image, part of a limited series of just five portraits of Marilyn that Warhol painted throughout the summer of 1964, is a masterpiece, to say the least. .

Of course, it wouldn’t be the most expensive piece of art sold at auction if it sold for the expected price. This title would still belong to Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi, sold in 2017 for $450.3 million. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, however, was expected to sell for $100 million. So if Warhol’s famous Marilyn follows the same pattern, she could very well steal Da Vinci’s world title.

“There are two parts to the art world: the scholarly part made up of museums and historians, and the commercial world run by dealers and auction houses,” notes Patrick Moore, director of the Andy Warhol Museum. . “They are not mutually exclusive, especially with an artist like Warhol, who was obsessed with money. So a record sale like this mainly benefits the commercial world, but the reason a record sale happens is because a museum like ours spends every day making sure Warhol stays relevant and fresh. Ironically, falling into disuse and being forgotten were two of Warhol’s greatest fears.