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The Prize

"Marilyn Monroe" by Andy Warhol

  • Size: 9" x 7"
  • Limited edition lithograph, of 200 

Limited edition of 200 lithographs is from the rare "Familiar Faces" Portfolio by Andy Warhol published in 1989. Marilyn Monroe died in August, 1962 having overdosed on barbiturates. In the following four months, Warhol made more than twenty silk screen paintings of Marilyn all based on the same publicity photograph from the 1953ilm, Niagara.

Andy Warhol found in Marilyn Monroe a fusion of two of his consistent themes: death and the cult of celebrity. By repeating the image, he evokes her ubiquitous presence in the media. The contrast of vivid color with black and white, and the effect of fading in the right panel are suggestive of the star’s mortality.

Retail Value: $2,400

The Cause

The Help A Life Foundation was formed in 2007 with the goal of housing and educating adolescent orphaned girls and providing them with a secure and supportive environment. We currently house 52 girls in a building compound capable of accommodating 56 girls and managed with a local staff of nine. Four tutorial rooms are used daily with a staff of six tutors in a range of subjects from English to Biology. 44 girls have completed high school and are at different universities throughout Ethiopia with most studying to become doctors or engineers.

These girls are selected from the surrounding villages with the collaborative effort of the local community leaders where they are housed in a gated safe group home with all living necessities provided for.

In addition, life skills training is also provided to integrate them into society as productive citizens. We currently have three self-sustaining projects, where five of the girls are managing them full-time as their careers and will be paid an according salary that allows them to integrate back into society as a proven success of Project Blue.

Much of the success of this project is due to Help a Life working directly with the local government and businesses. All of the HALF staff on Project Blue in Debre Markos are Ethiopian, and decisions are made in tandem with the local government officials.

Additional Details

  • Certificate of authenticity included.
  • In condition as donated.
  • Additional shipping charges may apply.
Item #P24683

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