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Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe portrait sells for record $195 million at auction

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A woman takes a photo of Andy Warhol's 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' during Christie's 20th and 21st Century Art press preview at Christie's New York on April 29, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) NEW YORK - Andy Warhol's "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for a cool $195 million on Monday, making the iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe the most expensive work by a U.S.

artist ever sold at auction.The 1964 silkscreen image shows Monroe in vibrant close-up — hair yellow, eyeshadow blue and lips red — on a rich blue background.

It's also the most expensive piece from the 20th century ever auctioned, according to Christie’s auction house in New York, where the sale took place.The Warhol sale unseated the previous record holder and another modern master, Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose 1982 painting "Untitled" of a skull-like face sold for a record $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2017.The Banksy art piece, "Love is in the Bin," which originally shredded itself upon being sold the first time, was just sold again at Sotheby's for a world record of nearly $22 million.

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