NEW YORK — Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” has sold for a cool $195 million.
That makes the iconic portrait of actress Marilyn Monroe the most expensive work by a U.S. artist ever auctioned.
The 1964 silkscreen image shows Monroe in vibrant close-up.
Christie’s auction house in New York held the sale Monday.
Christie’s said an unknown buyer made the purchase.
When the auction was announced, they had estimated it could go for as much as $200 million.
The Warhol piece has unseated the previous record-holder: another modern master, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
His 1982 painting sold for a record $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2017.