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.

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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