In 1967 Warhol began work on his now iconic ‘Marilyn’ series, immediately following the death of Marilyn Monroe. He produced 10 variations of the image, which was from a 1953 publicity shot for the film ‘Niagara’, each with its own colour combinations in each portfolio.
There were only 250 portfolios ever produced, which has led to these works becoming some of the most sought after in the art world, with the suite of prints reaching over $1.5 million at auction. The prints were published by Factory Additions and were printed onto board 36” by 36” square. Unfortunately due to the printing techniques and paper Warhol was using in the 60’s, it is rare to find an original 1967 Marilyn without an issue with condition.
Warhol’s ‘Flowers’ are equally iconic, with a portfolio of 10 screen prints being produced in 1970 after an 1964 photograph by Patricia Caulfield that had appeared in Modern Photography magazine. Warhol had already used the image to produce initial ‘Flowers’ prints in 1964 - which is when Patricia Caulfield had tried to sue him.