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The portrait of Marilyn Monroe, signed by Andy Warhol, sold for $ 195 million at Christie’s auction in New York on Monday, becoming the most expensive work of art in auction history since the 20th century.
Two years after the death of the Hollywood star, “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” by Andy Warhol in 1964 sold for exactly $ 195.04 million, four minutes after the auction opened in the crowded auditorium at Christie’s headquarters in New York during the opening ceremony of the spring auction. According to “Monte Carlo”, including costs.
While dozens of Christie’s brokers were getting offers on their phones, the winning bid came from the same room where the painting was displayed. A number of auctioneers said the winner of the auction was American art dealer Larry Kagosian, who owns galleries of the same name, but it is unclear whether he bought it for himself or on behalf of his customers.
Christie’s, owned by French billionaire Franோois Pinalt, did not want to divulge any details about the buyer. Although “Shot Sage Blue Marlin” sold slightly less than Christie’s $ 200 million, the painting managed to break Pablo Picasso’s Woman of Algeria (Version 0) previous auction record for 20th century artwork. $ 179.4 million in May 2015).
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