Andy Warhol’s Famous Portrait of Marilyn Monroe Sells for $195 Million

Kim K. wore a second Marilyn Monroe dress after the Met Gala 2022

We’re not the only ones celebrating the Met Gala. Marilyn Monroe On the mind.

Andy Warhol‘s 1964 portrait of the late actress just made history.

Warhol’s May 9th, “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” portrait sold for $195 million, becoming the most expensive 20th-century work of art ever sold at an auction and the second-highest price for artwork sold at an auction ever, according to a Press releaseChristie’s, an art- and luxury-oriented business.

The artwork featured a close-up image of Monroe in vibrant color—with yellow hair, blue eyeshadow and red lips—on a blue background.

According to the release, a portion will be donated to charity “generously donated by the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation to benefit charities providing urgent medical and educational services to children.” 

Additionally, the buyer—who was not named—has been invited to partner with the foundation and nominate the charities to which 20 percent of the proceeds will be awarded.

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