Andy Warhol started working on the imagery of Marilyn Monroe after her tragic death in 1967. He produced what would become one of the most iconic and memorable representations of the actress, and consequently one of the most sought-after printed editions of his work. Warhol created a series of 10 variations in what is now referred to as the Marilyn Series, each with virtually the same composition, but different colour variations. There were only 250 portfolios made in total.
The original Marilyn screenprints were 36 inches square and were printed on museum board. Andy Warhol signed some of them, others he only initialed, some he dated and others he didn’t, which was his typical inconsistent style. There were also twenty-six sets of Artist Proofs, which Warhol signed and lettered on the back. These original prints were published by Factory Additions and are therefore referred to as the Factory Additions version of the Marilyn suite. These are by far the most expensive Marilyn screenprints, which auction anywhere from $100,000 for a single print, to over $1.5 million for the suite. For collectors, the turquoise version of Marilyn is the most coveted.