“If I may say so, I think it’s really, really great. I’m a big lover of pop art,” says Horst Lichter when he sees the Marilyn Monroe pictures in the “Bares for Rares” expert room . “And by whom?” Alber Maier asks. But Lichter insists it’s not the nude actress that piques his interest: “I think it’s brilliantly done.”

Gabriele Molitor brought the three works to the ZDF junk show. The 64-year-old teacher from Georgsmarienhütte sells them on behalf of a friend. The expert explains that these are hand-signed lithographs. They come from the American pop artist Mel Ramos, who painted Marilyn seen through the keyhole in her heyday in the 1950s. The lithographs came onto the market in 2002 as serigraphs.

Molitor mentions 10,000 euros as her friend’s desired price. Lichter can hardly believe it: “Old Swede!” he exclaims, glad that he’s not a dealer: “Phew, I’d have to explain that first at home.” However, Maier corrects the price significantly downwards: he sees a price of 1800 to 2000 euros per sheet, which would be 5400 to 6000 euros for the series.

Gabriele Molitor has been given some leeway by the owner, so she tries her luck in the dealer’s room. There Wolfgang Pauritsch offers 1000 euros to start with. Sarah Schreiber and Leo Leo are also bidding, but it does not go beyond 3200 euros. This is clearly not enough for the seller. Pauritsch makes one last attempt and offers 4200 euros.

But Molitor can’t do that either. “Then Marilyn will come with me again,” says the teacher. Nevertheless, she is satisfied with her visit: “I found it very interesting, very exciting. That was good.”

Source: “Bares for Rares” in the ZDF media library

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