In 1967, Andy Warhol made a Portfolio of 10 screenprint portraits of Marilyn Monroe from the publicity photo for the 1953 film “Niagara.” The portfolios of 10 screenprints were printed in an original edition of 250. All of the prints from the original edition of 250 were signed in pencil and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some signed in pen; some initialed on verso; some dated. Aside from this edition, 26 complete sets of Artist’s Proofs were printed, signed and lettered A-Z on verso.
The first edition of the Marilyn series was very successful and many hoped the artist would print another edition. In the 70’s Warhol worked with German and Belgian printers for his European exhibitions. They proposed an edition of the Marilyns for the European market. However, Warhol was not interested at the time and refused to help with the European edition.
The original screens were brought to Europe anyway and the first unauthorized prints were produced in different colors from the original portfolio. The edition of 250 unauthorized prints were stamped in black on verso: "Published by Sunday B. Morning" and "Fill in Your own Signature.” Some prints are inscribed by Andy Warhol: "This is not by me", Warhol was well aware of the European edition of Marilyn prints and came to accept them as they were printed and published by two of his friends.
Due to the popularity of the first unauthorized edition, Sunday B. Morning continued publishing Marilyns. The subsequent edition was published in original colors, not numbered, and was stamped in blue ink to mark the difference with the first edition
Sunday B. Morning color screenprints are printed on museum board with the highest quality archival inks, after the original screenprints by Andy Warhol. They are stamped in blue ink, "Published by Sunday B. Morning" and "fill in your own signature," on verso. These prints are written about in the Andy Warhol Print CATALOGUE Raisonee and are true collectibles. Published by Sunday B. Morning, these prints are in pristine condition.