An iconic image of Marilyn Monroe created by Andy Warhol is coming up for auction, with Christie’s auction house estimating the price at around $ 200 million.
The silkscreen image known as “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” a close-up of Monroe with her hair in yellow, her eye shadow blue and her lips red, is scheduled to be part of a week of sales in May, Christie’s said Monday.
If it met the sales estimate, the 1964 painting would be the most expensive work of art from the 20th century to be auctioned, Christie’s said.
The profit from the sale was to go to Thomas and Doris Ammann Fonden Zürich, who put the painting up for auction.
The foundation aims to help children with health care and education programs.
Warhol created more than one image of Monroe; this particular painting has been exhibited in museums around the world.