Sold: Most expensive piece of 20th century art: BBC News Review 2022

February 1, 2023

Andy Warhol’s painting of Marilyn Monroe has become the most expensive piece of artwork by a US artist ever to sell at auction.

Rob and Neil look at the vocabulary used in the headlines about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:30 – Story
1:30 – Headline 1: The Guardian – Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe portrait sells for record $195m
4:30 – Headline 2: RTE – Iconic Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe fetches record $195 million
7:00 – Headline 3: The – Why Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe Portraits Continue to Enthral
8:53 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
very famous; represents an idea
– Elvis Presley’s iconic jumpsuits are a symbol of the 1970s.
– The iconic Gangnam style video was a massive YouTube hit in the 2010s.

sells for a certain amount of money
= I put my old bike on an auction site, and it fetched twice as much as I originally paid!
– Can you fetch me a coffee? I’m really sleepy.

keep your total attention; be extremely exciting
– The World Cup enthrals millions of viewers across the globe every four years.
– People say Squid Game is the most enthralling drama on TV in recent years.

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  1. Reply
    Abdulrahman Alhariri February 1, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Hello BBC, may I ask Where is Catherine haven't been on the programme for a while?

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  6. Where is the new episode?

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  8. The way you repeatedly use the "question tag" is very educational. For English learners it is a little hard to learn and use the different types of question tags, such as "weren't they?; didn't we" etc. Keep up with the good work!

  9. Excellent work! Really helpful for English learners. Thank very much.

  10. Thank you so much

  11. 😍

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    Jack fell down, and broke his crown

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  15. Reply
    Πετρος Νικου February 1, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Auction iconic fetches enthral

  16. Reply
    Ahmed Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammed Zaid February 1, 2023 at 12:34 pm


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