Warhol's painting of Marilyn Monroe will probably fetch $200 million plus at auction

A pic of deceased actress Marilyn Monroe by 1960s pop art painter Andy Warhol will go up for auction in May with a valuation of $200 million, which would set a record,( yet another!!) Christie's announced sale on Monday.

The piece, 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,' is likely to be the most expensive painting of the 20th century ever sold at auction.

The early sixties likeness of the screen Goddesses' face screen-printed with yellow hair, a pink face and blue eyeshadow, is one of five paintings Warhol executed of Monroe. Warhol used a screening method on the paintings that he interestingly never used again. This may have been because of the complexity of the technique.

The work was provided by the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation in Zurich. All the proceeds of the sale will benefit the foundation itself, that is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the globe.

The sale of this painting will be the highest grossing charity auction since the collection of the Rockefeller's in 2018. The highest price paid for a Warhol was for the painting 'Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),' which sold for just over $100 million.