Shot Sage Blue Marilyn Sold for $195 million Marilyn Monroe The 40-square-foot Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, one of the dozens of images the artist made of Monroe

in the 1960s, sold for a record $195 million at Christie's in New York on Monday night. Prior to the sale, Christie's had described "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn

" as "one of the rarest and most transcendent images in existence." He has previously appeared in galleries such as the Guggenheim Museum

in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London. The auction house had initially said it expected bids "in the region of" $200 million.

The 1964 work, a 40-index acrylic, and silk-lined screen, sold at Christie's in New York for $195 million (buyer's plus premium hammer price),

the auction house reported.  buyer present at Larry Gagosian. Before Monday, the auction sales record for a 20th-century painting was $179.4 million for Pablo Picasso's Les Femmes

"Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" is part of a series of five paintings, four of which are called "Shot Marilyns" (more on that later, but enough to say it

includes a performance artist and a weapon). Before the sale, it was estimated to be sold "in the $200 million regions," said Johanna Flaum, Christie's

the painting also set a record as the highest pre-auction estimate for any artwork, from any period to date. The estimate beats Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi,

" which was estimated to sell for $100 million before Christie's sale in November 2017."Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" is one of Monroe's most significant Warho