Photographies


Lot 89009A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, 1955.
An original print with a glossy finish, an enlarged snapshot depicting the star wearing a white evening gown and a white fur coat, signed in blue ballpoint ink in the lower right corner "To Jim / Love & Kisses / Marilyn Monroe;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs); included is a black and white photograph of Collins: an original print with a matte finish, depicting Collins as a teenager in 1955 standing at a typewriter that was set up outside of a shop on an NYC street, verso is stamped in part "Life Magazine / ...Photo by Michael Rouger / ... Apr 13 1955;" Collins remembers that this photograph of him actually ran in the magazine with a caption noting what he had just typed which was "Marilyn Monroe is a beautiful girl." (Please note the photograph of MM is heavily wrinkled on the lower margin and has a 1 1/2" tear in same area which somewhat affects her signature; the photograph of Collins is heavily wrinkled with two lower corners missing.)
10" x 8"  
More Information:
"Marilyn Monroe is a beautiful girl!" were the words I was typing when as a 17 year-old, this picture of me was shot by a photographer from LifeMagazine in 1955. The photo, which actually appeared in the magazine a couple of months later, launched my own collection of Marilyn Monroe photos taken overseveral years by me and fivefellow teenage fans who became known as "The Monroe 6." During Marilyn's time in New York, I and the others photographed herin various locations around the city. We would then run to the drugstore to get our snapshots developed in multiples so that all of us could have all the shots we had taken of her (thus the reason for the different shapes and sizes of the photos my collection). In the era before Google and GPS and TMZ and smartphones, we were alerted to Marilyn's appearancesand whereabouts by sources ranging fromVariety Magazinetoher Upper East Side hairdresser. Marilyn got to know the six of us well as we journeyed around the city with her and I remember her always being gracious and friendly. We wanted nothing from her except the opportunity to take her picture or to get her autograph - and often times she would sign on the very photographs we had just taken of her the day before. After Marilyn died, I put these photographs in a closet for many decades, though over the last few years, I have posted a few of them on the Internet for fans to see. I am now ready to let others have my original 1950s-era snapshots of the movie star I had the luck and pleasure to see many times up close and in the flesh - Miss Marilyn Monroe! And she did not disappoint - she was absolutely beautiful as all these photos clearly indicate. When you saw her in person, shewas THE movie star, no doubt about it!
James Collins
New York City, 2016  
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Lot 89010A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, Circa 1955.
An original print with a matte finish, an enlarged snapshot showing the smiling star, signed in blue fountain pen ink on the right side "Love & Kisses / Marilyn Monroe;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs); also included with an identical photograph but not signed. (Please note the ink is slightly faded but still legible and there are a number of creases throughout which somewhat detract from the image.)
7" x 5" 
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Lot 89011A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, 1955.
An original print with a matte finish, depicting an enlarged snapshot of the star standing next to her business partner, Milton Greene, as the two attend the New York City premiere of the James Dean film, "East of Eden," on March 9, 1955, signed in brown fountain pen ink on the lower left side "Love & / Kisses / Marilyn Monroe;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note the ink is slightly faded but still legible and there are a number of creases throughout but they don't detract from the overall image.)
9 3/4" x 7 3/4" 
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Lot 89012A Marilyn Monroe Signed Color Snapshot, 1955.
An original print with a glossy finish, depicting the star outside the Gladstone Hotel in NYC (where she briefly lived) wearing a black gown, black gloves, and a white fur coat, signed in blue fountain pen ink in the lower center "Marilyn Monroe," verso has stamp reading in part "This is a / Kodacolor Print / ...Week Ending Mar. 12, 1955;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note the ink is noticeably smudged from the time when it was signed.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2"  
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Lot 89013A Marilyn Monroe Signed Color Snapshot, 1955.
An original print with a glossy finish, depicting the star outside the Gladstone Hotel in NYC (where she briefly lived) wearing a black gown, black gloves, and a white fur coat, signed in blue fountain pen ink in the lower center "Marilyn Monroe," verso has stamp reading in part "This is a / Kodacolor Print / ...Week Ending Mar. 12, 1955;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note the ink is somewhat smudged from the time when it was signed.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 
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Lot 89014 -  
An original print with a glossy finish, depicting the star outside the Gladstone Hotel in NYC (where she briefly lived) wearing a black gown, black gloves, and a white fur coat, signed in blue fountain pen ink in the lower center right "Marilyn Monroe," verso has stamp reading in part "This is a / Kodacolor Print / ...Week Ending Mar. 12, 1955;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note the ink is somewhat smudged from the time when it was signed.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 
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Lot 89015 A Marilyn Monroe Signed Color Snapshot, 1955.
An original print with a glossy finish, depicting the star inside the Gladstone Hotel in NYC (where she briefly lived) wearing a black gown, black gloves, and a white fur coat (with two men seen in the background), signed almost illegibly in blue fountain pen ink in the upper right "Marilyn Monroe," verso has stamp reading in part "This is a / Kodacolor Print / ...Week Ending Mar. 12, 1955;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note much of signature is invisible as the pen MM was using evidently ran out of ink.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 
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Lot 89016 -  A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955.
Twenty-one total, all original prints with a glossy finish, depicting the star wearing a gold lamé gown, a black fur coat, and black gloves as she arrives with Milton Greene at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC to attend a Friar's Club dinner on March 11, 1955 (which honored Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin), MM is seen either alone or among others (including Milton Berle), some snapshots are clear, others are out of focus, in three different sizes; though these images have been seen, these are the original snapshots developed and printed in 1955; from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook.)
5" x 3 1/2"; 3" x 3"; 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"  
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Lot 89017 -  A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, Circa 1955-1956.
Twenty-seven total, all original prints with a glossy finish, three different sizes, each a candid shot depicting the star as she was out and about in NYC, sometimes in casual wear, other times in cocktail attire, many showing her surrounded by others (including business partner Milton Greene, photographer Sam Shaw, and super-fans Jimmy Collins and James Haspiel, to name a few); from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook and some have slight wrinkles but overall, all are still in very good condition.)
3 1/2" x 5"; 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"; 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"  
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Lot 89018 - A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955-1956.
Twenty-two total, all original prints with a glossy finish, four different sizes, all showing the star in evening wear on about five different occasions (judging from her different dresses), many depict others with MM such as Joe DiMaggio, business partners Milton and Amy Greene, and fans; from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook and some are slightly wrinkled but overall, all are in very good condition.)
5" x 3 1/2"; 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"; 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"; 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" 
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 Lot 89019 -  A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955-1957.
Twenty-two total, all original prints with a glossy finish (except one), four different sizes, all depicting the star at various public events she attended including seven showing her with then-husband, Arthur Miller; from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook and some have evident wrinkling due to age.)
10" x 8" (one only); 5" x 3 1/2"; 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"; 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" 

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Lot 89020 -  A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955.
Twelve total, all original prints with a glossy finish, three different sizes (with four slightly trimmed from their original size), all depicting the star next to others (including her business partners, Milton and Amy Greene) as she wears a brocade evening gown and matching cape at the March 9, 1955 NYC premiere of the James Dean film, "East of Eden" ; from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook.)
5" x 3 1/2"; 3" x 3"; 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
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Lot 89021A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955.
Ten total, all original prints with a glossy finish, all sequentially shot as Marilyn goes from a NYC street into a parking garage and then takes off in a car while wearing white pedal pushers, a polka-dotted shirt, white flats, and a white summer coat, five are stamped on the right side margin "Jun 55," super-fan James Haspiel appears in one (as do a few others); all originally housed in a mint green "Photo Book" from "Berkey / Photo Service;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note one photo is severely creased across MM's face.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 
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Lot 89022 A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955.
Seven total, all original prints with a glossy finish, each depicting the star wearing a lamé dress and a white fur coat as she sits in the lobby of The Hotel 14 in NYC while others surround her (including Milton Berle); from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs); Collins recalls that on this night he waited for MM and her group (which included her date, Milton Berle) to come out of the Copacabana night club which was located upstairs in the same building as The Hotel 14 at 14 East 60th Street in Manhattan -- his patience paid off when he was able to snap these great candid photos of the star as well as pose next to her in one (top row, center). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook.)
4 1/2" x 3 1/4" 
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Lot 89023A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955.
Eight total, two different sizes, all original prints with a glossy finish, depicting the star sitting in the lobby of the Gladstone Hotel (where she briefly lived) as she wears a black dress, black jacket, and black fishnet gloves, verso of all faintly stamped "Kodak / Velox / Paper;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
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Lot 89024A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, 1955.
Eight total, all original prints with a glossy finish, three different sizes (two being trimmed from their original size), all depicting the star wearing a white cocktail dress and white fur as she and her date, Joe DiMaggio, attend the June 1, 1955 premiere of "The Seven Year Itch" (which was also MM's 29th birthday); most images are out of focus but still of interest as this is a now-historic event in film history; from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook and the largest one has a 1" tear on the center right side.)
6 1/2" x 5"; 3 1/2" x 5"; 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
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Lot 89025A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Color Snapshots, Mid-1950s.
Thirty-eight total, all original prints with a glossy finish, seven different sizes, depicting the star at various times over a number of years, most are candid shots though many appear to have been taken by professional photographers due to their clarity, four have stamps on the verso reading in part "This is a / Kodacolor Print / ...Week Ending July 2, 1955;" from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when they were in a scrapbook and some are slightly wrinkled due to age.)
5" x 3 1/2" biggest; 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" smallest  
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Lot 89026A Marilyn Monroe Rare Black and White Snapshot, 1955.
An original print with a glossy finish, depicting the star wearing her famous 'white dress' with a fur coat thrown over her shoulders and a script in her hand as she leaves the St. Regis hotel in New York City, getting ready to promote a film (likely "The Seven Year Itch"); though this image has been seen, this is the original snapshot developed and printed in 1955; from the personal collection of James Collins, one of the 'Monroe Six' -- the group of young kids who followed Marilyn around NYC so often that the star ended up knowing them all by name and allowing them special access to her (like letting them take countless pictures and giving them numerous autographs). (Please note there is black paper remnants on the back from when this was in a scrapbook and there are slight creases on the surface seen in raking light only.)
3 1/2" x 3 1/2"  
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Film Footage


Lot 89027A Marilyn Monroe Never-Before-Seen Piece of Color Film Footage from Korea, 1954.
Shot on 8mm, approximately 1 minute and 21 seconds long, footage shows MM walking outside with a soldier escort (as she wears pants and a bomber jacket) while dozens of other soldiers surround her (to take her photograph), then it shows her getting into a car, then it (briefly) shows her performing on stage (as she wears the purple spaghetti-strapped sequined dress); shot by the current owner's father when he was stationed in Korea, he had close access to the star during the walking sequences, but was farther away when she was on stage; the original 1954 film was on three separate reels as the soldier shot tons of footage that didn't include MM (it's of the Korean people, the landscape, and fellow American soldiers) but it has now been spliced together and put on one modern-day plastic reel; the three 1954-era metal reels are still included as is a DVD transfer so the footage can be viewed.
Plastic Reel: 7"; Metal Reels: 5" 
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