Andy Warhol is among the best-selling artists in the world of auctions.
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Not only are the series of his screen prints acquiring more and more value, but also the high-end market has achieved, during 2022, impressive results with the 195 million dollars of the auction sale at Christie’s for the canvas “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” from 1964, became the most expensive 20th century artwork ever traded on the auction market, and the record for a work by Warhol.
The work, purchased by the art dealer Larry Gagosian and painted in 1964, two years after the death of the cinema icon Marylin Monroe, is part of the well-known series “The Shot Marilyns” which includes five portraits of the American actress, four of which were literally taken to “revolve” by Warhol’s friend, Dorothy Podber, during an evening at the Factory.
In second place among the record sales of Warhol’s works, the “White Disaster” canvas purchased for 85.3 million dollars at Sotheby’s in November 2022, already sold at auction at Christie’s in 1987 for 660,000 dollars, multiplying the value by almost 130 times in thirty-five years old.