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Events from History: 9 May 2022

In a historic art auction on May 9th, 2022, Andy Warhol’s iconic pop art portrait, “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” shattered records. The silkscreen image of Marilyn Monroe, with its vibrant colours and repeated motif, attracted intense bidding at Christie’s New York. The final gavel strike sealed the deal for a staggering $195 million, making it the most expensive work by an American artist ever sold and the most expensive 20th-century artwork to go under the hammer at auction. This record-breaking sale solidified Andy Warhol’s status as a powerhouse of the Pop Art movement and cemented “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” as a timeless cultural icon.

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