Andy Warhol's White Marilyn to make $18m at Christie's?

Andy Warhol's White Marilyn (1962) is to feature in Christie's May 13 post war and contemporary art sale in New York on May 13.

The iconic silkscreen print is valued at $12m-18m.

White Marilyn Christie's
Warhol produced the silkscreen print for a 1962 exhibition in New York

Warhol created hundreds of prints of Monroe, but this particular example belongs to a series of eight prints created for his exhibition at the Stable Gallery in 1962 and is among his most recognisable interpretations of the actress.  

Laura Paulson, Christie's chairman and international director for post-war and contemporary art, commented:"With his unique ability to fuse painting and photography into an unforgettably iconic image, Warhol condensed all the themes of his art in this magnificent White Marilyn which keeps one such icon alive and forever in style.

"Compared to the perfectly coiffed media propagated publicity images of the actress, in White Marilyn she appears touched by humanity, and transcends reality to become a modern Saint." 

Warhol's work remains enormously popular among both collectors and the public.

Recent sales have included a portrait of Chairman Mao that sold for £7.4m ($12.4m) at Sotheby's London on February 12, and his Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) which set a new record for his work when it made $105.4m at Sotheby's New York.

The sale will also include a triptych from Francis Bacon that carries an estimate of $80m.

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