Des photos inédites de Marilyn Monroe en Corée
Les tirages seront vendus aux enchères le 10 août prochain
Article publié le 1/08/2013
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Les années passent, la légende reste ; Marilyn Monroe ne cesse de faire rêver, y compris dans des clichés jamais publiés révélés aujourd'hui. En sépia, l'icône rayonne sur ces photos vieilles de presque 60 ans.
Robe de paillettes et escarpins à bout ouverts, Marilyn Monroe apparaissait toujours prête à monter sur scène. Même lorsqu'il s'agissait de rendre visite aux soldats américains en Corée alors qu'elle était en pleine lune de miel au Japon avec son mari Joe DiMaggio. Février 1954, le moral des troupes restées sur place après la fin de la guerre est au plus bas durant ce rude hiver. Débarque alors Marilyn Monroe, 28 ans, pimpante, qui pendant 4 jours va donner 10 spectacles devant 100 000 soldats et marins épuisés au bout de 3 ans de conflit.
L'héroïne de Certains l'aiment chaud plaisante avec eux, endosse les vestes des officiers, signe des autographes et surtout prend le micro, moulée dans son fourreau. Au total, 13 clichés inédits ressurgissent, prêts à être vendus aux enchères le 10 août prochain, à Dallas, au Texas (Etats-Unis). Même 50 ans après sa mort, en 1962 à l'âge de 36 ans, l'aura de Norma Jean Baker pourrait faire s'envoler les prix de ces clichés. En 2010, des épreuves de photographies inédites datant de quelques mois avant sa mort, tirées à 250 exemplaires, se vendaient entre 1500 et 3000 euros sur internet.
Le record reste tenu pour l'instant par la vente de sa plus fameuse robe: celle qui s'envolait au-dessus d'une grille d'aération dans Sept ans de réflexion. En 2011, elle est adjugée 4,6 millions d'euros lors d'enchères. 50 ans après la mort de Marilyn, ces photos tout juste révélées fascinent tandis que le mystère demeure toujours autour des conditions de son décès.
When Marilyn Monroe wooed the troops: Never-seen-before photos of the star entertaining 100,000 soldiers at the end of the Korean War emerge for sale
Article published in 31 July 2013
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- A rare collection of photographs of Marilyn on her only ever visit to U.S. troops will go under the hammer next month
- Pictures are believed to have been taken by an Army photographer as they show her relaxing behind the scenes
- Marilyn interrupted her honeymoon to Joe DiMaggio to visit Korea and performed 10 shows over four days
Never-seen-before photos and film footage of forces sweetheart Marilyn Monroe wooing soldiers in the aftermath of the Korean War have emerged for sale.
Monroe interrupted her honeymoon in Japan with baseball star Joe DiMaggio in 1954 to visit troops who had been fighting on the front line.
The whirlwind tour saw the her perform 10 shows over four days to more than 100,000 soldiers and marines who were celebrating the end of three years of combat.
The visit was the only time the blonde bombshell entertained troops in her career as a singer and movie star.
A set of 13 black and white photographs, taken by an official army photographer, capture touching behind the scenes moments from the tour.
Monroe, who was aged 28 at the time, is seen in combat boots and black trousers and a flight jacket chatting to soldiers and signing autographs in the 8ins by 10ins prints.
Several images show her on stage wowing crowds in a sparkling cocktail dress while in others she is wearing her famed houndstooth dress from her film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
A set of four colour slides depict Monroe mingling and laughing with troops and signing autographs.
A 90-second clip of unseen footage from the visit shot by a young soldier shows her arriving in an army helicopter, meeting troops then leaving in the helicopter.
The images were bought by a collector in the 1990s direct from the photographer and have never been published.
Experts are anticipating international interest in the rare memorabilia when they go under the hammer.
Margaret Barrett, director of entertainment at Heritage Auctions, said: 'These photos came from a collector who bought them about 18 years ago for very little money.
'It isn't known who shot the photos but we think it would have been an official Army photographer because they are professional images.
'There were thousands of soldiers there all with their cameras but these photos show Marilyn behind the scenes posing for the camera and signing things for VIPs.
'Marilyn Monroe flew into Korea to sing for the troops while on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio.
'It was the only trip she did to see troops and in fact she only ever visited England after that trip - she wasn't a world traveller.
'These photos are really nice and have never been seen before. The photographer was with Marilyn at all the events she went to while in Korea.'
Mrs Barrett said Marilyn's trip to Korea 'really set the tone' for her relationship with DiMaggio. She interrupted their honeymoon to fly to Korea to sing for thousands of troops and, just eight months later, the couple were divorced.
'At the time Marilyn was the biggest star in the world and it was a huge event for the troops,' she said.
'There are not too many quality photos of this trip, especially ones such as these which capture the behind the scenes moments.
'There is an enormous market for Marilyn memorabilia - people are not getting sick of her at all.
'She has been gone 50 years and she is still arguably the biggest star in the world.
'Bidding will start low but we expect there to be fierce competition for the items.'
The auction will be held at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, on August 10.
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Never-seen-before seen: These fascinating pictures of the charming Marilyn Monroe, visiting U.S. troops in Korea, are to go under the hammer at a Texas auction next month
Behind the scenes: This series of behind the scenes photographs of the world famous star are believed to have been taken by an Army photographer, since she is smiling and posing for the camera back stage
The charming collection of pictures show Marilyn laughing and having fun with the troops at the base in Korea, before going on stage to perform
The rare images were bought by a collector in the 1990s direct from the military photographer and have never been published
Performer: Several images show her on stage wowing crowds in a sparkling cocktail dress while in others she is wearing her famed houndstooth dress from her film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The blonde bombshell performed to thousands of troops on her one and only visit to U.S. servicemen during her career
The trip, for which she interrupted her honeymoon, was said to set the tone for her marriage to Joe DiMaggio; the couple divorced eight months later
There were thousands of soldiers with their cameras but these photos show Marilyn behind the scenes posing for the camera and signing things for VIPs
'There are not too many quality photos of this trip, especially ones such as these which capture the behind the scenes moments,' Mrs Barrett said
The whirlwind tour saw the star perform 10 shows over four days to more than 100,000 soldiers and marines who were celebrating the end of three years of combat in 1954
A set of four colour slides show Monroe mingling and laughing with troops and signing autographs, looking completely comfortable with the attention
The monochrone, set of four colour slides and short reel of footage will all go under the hammer at a Texas auction next month.