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Andy Warhol and the Art World’s Meaningless Game of Monopoly

In a recent article, I noted that Marilyn Monroe, though dead as a doornail for 60 years now, is still earning tons o’ dough for people she never knew. I was referring in that instance to the splashy and superfluous new series The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe, which was released on April 27 and which has received widespread attention for having, in the words of the Guardian, “uncover[ed] the secrets beneath the movie-star surface” — even though, as I observed, a small army of biographers have already claimed to have done precisely that same thing.

Five days after Mystery came out, Kim Kardashian turned up at the Met Gala — the vapid Roman Empire–style shindig where the elite meet to greet — in a replica of one of Marilyn’s dresses. And not just any dress — this was the one she wore while singing

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