Marilyn Monroe will always be a legend in pop culture, with her beauty, charm, and charisma that has fascinated so many people around the world. One person who played a big part in her iconography was Andy Warhol, a legend in his own right. Warhol painted eight portraits of Monroe, each in a different light, and one of them will be offered next month at Christie’s New York auction house.
Right after Monroe’s death in 1962, Warhol started work on White Marilyn, which was chosen for his first solo exhibition in November of that year at the Stable Gallery in New York, and was part of gallery owner Eleanor Ward’s personal collection for a long time. Warhol started experimenting with silkscreens at that time, and it was the process he used in creating photos of the late actress; he stenciled a photograph of Monroe on top of a painted background.
Warhol, who has painted portraits of other glamorous icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy has said about his series’ “I don’t feel I’m representing the main sex symbols of our time in some of my pictures… I just see Marilyn as another person.” White Marilyn is estimated to sell between $12-$18 million. The auction will be held May 13th at Christie's New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza. (212) 636-2000.