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Monday, 23 April, 2001, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Warhol's Marilyns for sale
Andy Warhol
The value of Warhol's work has grown since his death
A complete set of 10 screen prints of Marilyn Monroe made by Andy Warhol is to be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York.

Considered to be one of the most iconic images of the Pop Art tradition, the portfolio of 10 images in varied lurid colours is expected to fetch about 200,000 when it is sold in May.

Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol
Only a quarter of the Marilyn sets are thought to be complete
A private collector from California is selling the rare complete set of screen prints, along with a series of Picasso etchings and lithographs.

Warhol, who died in 1987 aged 57, is well known for his images which blend the iconography of advertising with traditional painting techniques.

Famous images

Images of Campbells' soup cans and portraits of Chairman Mao are among his most famous images.

His Orange Marilyn screen print sold for 10.6m ($15.2m) when sold in 1998, more than five times the pre-sale estimate.

It's a wonderful depiction of 20th Century art

Mary Bartow
Warhol's 1964 silk screen was based on a 1952 publicity photograph of Marilyn Monroe.

The portfolio of 10 for auction next month is one of 250 editions made by Warhol.

Sotheby's Modern Art specialist Mary Bartow said it was rare to find a set still kept together.

She said "These pictures have never been framed and are in very good condition, the colours are very fresh.

"The owner has never even taken them out of the box they came in."

She added: "To find a complete set of Marilyn silk screens is rare, and it's a wonderful depiction of 20th Century art.

"Warhol used the print screen as an important part of his painting and did them from photographs."

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