Andy Warhol's 'Marilyn' sells for $195 mn, most ever for an US artist

The prior record for an American artwork was $110.5 million for an untitled Basquiat in 2017.

A guest takes a photo during Christie's announcement that they will offer Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn painting of Marilyn Monroe at Christie’s on March 21, 2022 in New York City. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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A guest takes a photo during Christie's announcement that they will offer Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn painting of Marilyn Monroe at Christie’s on March 21, 2022 in New York City. (Photo: Bloomberg)

James Tarmy and Chris Rovzar | Bloomberg
On Monday night, a 58 year-old silkscreen by Andy Warhol sold at Christie’s for a record $195 million.

The superlatives abound: With the stroke of a gavel, it became the most expensive 20th century artwork to ever sell at auction; the most expensive American artwork to ever sell at auction; and the second most expensive publicly sold artwork in history. (The $450 million Leonardo da Vinci is still in first place.) Dealer Larry Gagosian, who was in the room, was the winning bidder.

The painting, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, was created by Warhol in 1964. It, along with the 35 other lots

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First Published: May 10 2022 | 10:08 PM IST

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