Andy Warhol's "Marilyn Diptych"


Andy Warhol


Silkscreen Painting


After touching the painting or staring at it, the person slowly loses all the their colour until they fade away




If someone were to touch the painting, the effects happen quickly, but if one were to stare at it for a uncertain period of time, then the effects happen slowly.

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents




WW 31023


Placement 432

Date of Collection

December 22, 1962



The Marilyn Diptych (1962) is a silkscreen painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The work was completed during the weeks after Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962. It contains fifty images of the actress, which are all based on a single publicity photograph from the film Niagara (1953).

The twenty-five pictures on the left side of the diptych are brightly colored, while the twenty-five on the right are in black and white. It has been suggested that the relation between the left side of the canvas and the right side of the canvas is evocative of the relation between the celebrity's life and death.

The piece is currently owned by the Tate. In a December 2, 2004 article in The Guardian, the painting was named the third most influential piece of modern art in a survey of 500 artists, critics, and others.


This artifact was grabbed months after it was completed. When it was displayed in a gallery, the artifact did not activate because people were not taking the time to look at it long enough for it to effect them, so it went unnoticed for awhile. It wasn't until the curator of a gallery that was hosting the painting touched it one night, and disappeared suddenly right after, did the Warehouse decide to check out what made the person disappear.

The agents who were sent to retrieve the artifact checked all the paintings in the gallery, and they easily found that it was the diptych. They managed to make a copy of the painting to swap and took the artifact back to the Warehouse, but because it could easily make people fade away, it was placed within a neutralizer laced protective case.

Agents have noted that since its collection, the pictures of Marilyn seen to be frowning, and when approached the monochrome side faces seem to cry.

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