The blue one costs more

“Art is anything you can get away with…”

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is part of the reason Marilyn Monroe remains an icon. His images of the actress remain art of our culture and our internet feeds. Warhol produced dozens of silk screen representations of Marilyn, all based on a publicity photo from the forgettable 1953 film, Nigara. Each has a specific colour background or highlights. Sensible people like the blue. Last month Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, sold at auction for US $195 million. This is a record for a 20th century artwork, but the record for a painting (Marilyn is a silk screen print), remains with Willem DeKooning’s Interchange. There are of course many other Marilyns to auction in the future, so this may yet be the the most valuable image ever. #blueisalwaysbest #letsmakelemonade

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