You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Warhol print of silver screen icon sells for $280 million

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 10/05/2022 9News Staff

A print of a Marilyn Monroe portrait by pop artist icon Andy Warhol has sold at auction for more than $280 million.

The artwork, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, was auctioned by Christie's in New York.

It sold for a whopping US$194.04 million ($281.25 million) but even at that hefty price tag it failed to meet its pre-sale estimate, a record US$200 million ($288.4 million).

READ MORE: The satellite images that cost Aussie homebuyers $25k

A print of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol has sold for over $280 million in New York. © Getty A print of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol has sold for over $280 million in New York.

It's not known who bought it, but it's one of the most expensive artworks ever sold.

It was sold as part of a collection from Swiss art collectors Thomas and Doris Ammann.


Gallery: Grave goods: Unusual items famous figures were buried with (StarsInsider)

Warhol created the original piece in 1964, but it wasn't the first time he'd been drawn to the superstar's image.

Using a technique called silkscreen printing, which duplicates images on paper or canvas using a layer of fine-mesh silk like a stencil, he began creating them in 1962, shortly after Monroe's death.

READ MORE: 'Significant flooding' likely in Queensland as BoM issues flood watch

Andy Warhol is counted the definitive pop artist of the mid-20th century. © Getty Andy Warhol is counted the definitive pop artist of the mid-20th century.

As with his depictions of other famous figures, including Elvis Presley and Chinese leader Mao Zedong, the Pop artist created numerous versions of Monroe's portrait in various different colours and configurations.

Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is based on a photo of Monroe taken in 1953 for the film Niagara.

In a press statement prior to the sale, Christie's chairman of 20th and 21st century art, Alex Rotter, described the work as "the absolute pinnacle of American Pop" and "the most significant 20th century painting to come to auction in a generation."

READ MORE: Nick Cave's eldest son Jethro Lazenby dies

More From 9News.com.au

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon