L'icône n'a pas fini de générer de gros sous
article publié sur gala.fr
le 1er juin 2011, par Pauline Gallard
Près de cinquante ans après sa disparition tragique, Marilyn Monroe continue à faire parler d'elle. De nouvelles photos et une robe emblématique mise aux enchères réactivent le mythe, le jour même où la blonde de légende aurait fêté ses 85 ans.
S'il est une star dont le seul prénom est synonyme de glamour intemporel et de sensualité à fleur de peau, c'est Marilyn. Norma Jean Baker de son vrai nom, fait toujours la une des journaux avec des informations révélées au compte-gouttes sur sa vie. Aujourd'hui, un photographe, Anton Fury exhume des clichés inédits de l'actrice quand elle était encore inconnue. Inconditionnel des vide-greniers dans les années 1980, cet homme originaire du New Jersey vient de découvrir que des négatifs achetés trente ans plus tôt contenaient des photos de Marilyn Monroe: "Je ne pouvais pas dire ce que c'était, je pouvais juste voir une fille en bikini mais je n'en savais pas plus donc je les ai achetés." Selon lui, les photos dateraient du début des années 1950: "Je n'essaye pas de me faire un million de dollars, je veux juste tenter de savoir à quoi correspondre ces clichés".
Si Mister Fury ne veut pas se faire - officiellement - un million de dollars, l'actrice Debbie Reynolds compte bien s'en faire deux avec la mise en vente de la robe la plus célèbre du cinéma. Reynolds organise une vente aux enchères d'exception, mettant en lumière toute une série de costumes de films comme les chaussures de Doroty dans Le magicien d'Oz ou la robe de Maria dans La Mélodie du bonheur. La robe blanche de Marilyn fait office de pièce maîtresse de cette collection, avec une mise à prix à 2 millions d'euros! Pour passionnés cinéphiles fortunés uniquement... Si vous en êtes, la collection sera en vente en juillet prochain à Beverly Hills.
Marilyn Monroe, qui aurait fêté ses 85 printemps aujourd'hui même, a délaissé les plateaux de cinéma depuis un demi-siècle, mais son mythe n'a jamais été aussi vivace: celui de la première icône hollywoodienne.
Bombshell bargain: Garage sale yields never-before-seen pictures of Marilyn Monroe
article publié sur dailymail.co.uk
le 30 mai 2011, par Jennifer Madison
When a U.S. photographer bought two envelopes of negatives at a 1980 garage sale, he scored the bargain of a lifetime - but he didn't even know it.
Anton Fury has unveiled never-before-seen images of a young Marilyn Monroe, which he purchased for $2 at a sale in Parsippany, New Jersey.
One envelope contained eight images, including several of the bikini-clad actress striking poses at a poolside photoshoot, and a photo of the famous blonde lying in a bed with a mystery man by her side.
The second envelope contained about 70 negatives of late actress Jayne Mansfield.
It wasn't until Fury took the packages home, and gave the black-and-white negatives a closer look that he realised his discovery - which he has kept secret for more than three decades, he told CNN.
Fury recalled: 'I found an envelope of negatives, didn't know what they were, but I realised they were old
'I took it home, put them on the lightboard with a loupe, and, needless to say, these are Marilyn,' he said. 'That was probably my greatest garage sale discovery ever.'
He kept the findings under wraps until last week, when he took them to Beverly Hills art dealer and appraiser David W Streets, who is experienced with Monroe archives.
While he is certain the images of the world's most famous blonde are authentic, questions remain over who shot them and exactly when they were taken.
He suspects, in 1950, before her breakout roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve, when she sported a shorter hair style.
Monroe would have been 24.
Streets told CNN: 'I've looked for early photographs, early test shots, magazine shots, books, and haven't been able to find anything yet, so the mystery we're just beginning to unravel.'
He is sure, however, the images were taken in Los Angeles, citing the 1950s architecture and Hollywood Hills seen sloping in the background.
Streets is investigating leads as to who took the photos, noting there is one man pictured in both the Monroe and Mansfield photographs, who could be the photographer.
He explained: 'We know that Monroe and Mansfield were here working at the same time, were contemporaries and friends. So, there's an intertanglement there that we're going to unravel.'
Fury has not ruled out putting up the images for sale to the public, although making his findings public he risks the mystery photographer revealing himself to make copyright claims.
Fury said: 'That's kind of what we're trying to figure out. There's way more questions than there are answers at this point. We don't know where this is going to lead.
Never-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe ?
article publié sur cnn.com
le 29 mai 2011, par Alan Duke
* Photographer found Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield negatives in 1980
* Who shot them and how they ended up at a garage sale is unknown, man says
* Finder, art appraiser David Streets welcome public help in solving the mystery
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Photographer Anton Fury's hobby of searching weekend garage sales for collectible toys led him to dozens of apparently unpublished photos of a young Marilyn Monroe.
Fury has allowed CNN to publish the images just days before what would have been Monroe's 85th birthday. They apparently were taken during a photo session before she was well known.
"I found an envelope of negatives, didn't know what they were, but I realized they were old," Fury said. He paid $2 for the folder, which contained two envelopes of black-and-white negatives.
That was in Parsippany, New Jersey, in 1980, when Fury says he was "a fledgling photographer."
"I took it home, put them on the lightboard with a loupe and, needless to say, these are Marilyn," he said. "That was probably my greatest garage sale discovery ever."
The second envelope was filled with about 70 negatives of actress Jayne Mansfield.
Fury held onto the photographs for the last three decades, not knowing much about them.
"The only thing we're sure of is who," he said. "We don't know where, we don't know why, we don't know when, we don't know who shot them. But we do know it is Marilyn."
Fury flew to Los Angeles this week to show the images to David W. Streets, a Beverly Hills art dealer and appraiser experienced with Monroe photos.
Monroe was one of the most photographed women ever, but Streets suspects these photos are from her early years, soon after she cut her hair and evolved into the iconic look most people associate with her.
"I've looked for early photographs, early test shots, magazine shots, books, and haven't been able to find anything yet, so the mystery we're just beginning to unravel," Streets said.
Streets' best guess for now is the photos were taken in 1950, a breakout year for the nearly unknown Monroe because of her minor roles in "The Asphalt Jungle" and "All About Eve."
"I know they were taken here in Los Angeles," which we know "from the backgrounds that we see in the photos," Streets said. "You see Hollywood Hills, Hollywood 1950s architecture."
There are more questions than answers, though.
"For me as an appraiser and as a researcher, I want people to call, I want people to e-mail and say, 'This is where it is, this is what it is, this is who I think took it,' " Streets said.
One clue that could be important is the coincidence of a man seen in both the Monroe and Mansfield photographs. It is possible he was the photographer for both sessions, Streets said.
"We know that Monroe and Mansfield were here working at the same time, were contemporaries and friends," Streets said. "So, there's an intertanglement there that we're going to unravel and see where the mystery leads."
Monroe, who would have been 24 in 1950, wore two bathing suits, including a bikini, and short pants during the poolside photo shoot.
One risk Fury runs as he brings his garage sale find to the public, and possibly for sale, is that someone could make a legal claim to the photos, which are possibly still protected by copyright laws even after 60 years.
"That's kind of what we're trying to figure out," Fury said. There's way more questions than there are answers at this point. We don't know where this is going to lead."