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01 juillet 2018

"Property from the Osianama Archives Online" - Julien's Auction 03/2018

2018-03-19-hollywood_property_osianama_archives-JULIENS   La vente aux enchères "Property from the Osianama Archives Online Auction" du 19 mars 2018 par Julien's Auction organisée exclusivement sur internet, contenait 309 lots d'affiches de films de cinéma classique et contemporain. Il contenait 15 affiches de films de Marilyn Monroe (en consultation sur julienslive).
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Five Lobby Cards for the following Marilyn Monroe films: two for Don't Bother to Knock (20th Century Fox, 1952); one for Some Like It Hot (Ashton Productions, 1959); one for Monkey Business (20th Century Fox, 1952); and one for Niagara (20th Century Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $400 - $600 | Winning Bid: $128

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A Japanese B2 poster for the Marilyn Monroe film The Misfits (Seven Arts Productions, 1961).
Estimate: $200 - $400 | Winning Bid: $102.25


An Argentinean poster the Marilyn Monroe film Niagara [Torrente Pasional] (20th Century Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $600 - $800 | Winning Bid: $192

An American one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Don't Bother to Knock (20th Century Fox, 1952).
Estimate: $800 - $1,000 | Winning Bid: $768

An American one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe film There's No Business Like Show Business (20th Century Fox, 1954).
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 | Winning Bid: $1,280


A Swedish poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Gentleman Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $100 - $200 | Winning Bid: $102.25


A Swedish poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Niagara [Torrente Pasional] (20th Century Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $100 - $200 | Winning Bid: $76.50


An American thirty-by-forty poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Bus Stop (20th Century Fox, 1956).
Estimate: $100 - $200 | Winning Bid: $896

An American one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe film River of No Return (20th Century Fox, 1954).
Estimate: $200 - $400 | Winning Bid: $320

An American one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $800 - $1,200| Winning Bid: $512

An American one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Bus Stop (20th Century Fox, 1956).
Estimate: $400 - $600| Winning Bid: $384


An American one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe film How to Marry a Millionaire (20th Century Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000| Winning Bid: $768


An American window card poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Let's Make Love (Jerry Wald, 1960).
Estimate: $200 - $400| Winning Bid: $102.25


A Japanese B2 poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Marilyn (20th Century Fox, 1963).
Estimate: $100 - $200| Winning Bid: $102.25


A Belgian poster for the Marilyn Monroe film Niagara (20th Cent. Fox, 1953).
Estimate: $300 - $500| Winning Bid: $576 


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12 mai 2018

Treasures from the vault of Joseff of Hollywood - Julien's Auction 11/2017


A pair of gold-plated clip-on earrings featuring filigree spheres accented with simulated diamonds. Stamped "sterling patented."
The earrings were worn by Marilyn Monroe in a series of Fox publicity photos shot by staff photographer Frank Powolny, used to promote the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century, 1953). The photoshoot produced legendary images of Monroe wearing the racy gold pleated gown designed by Travilla for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Although the gown was deemed to be too revealing because of its plunging neckline and was cut from the film, Monroe liked it and insisted on wearing it to the 1953 Photoplay Awards ceremony. She also wore it during this photoshoot, together with these earrings, producing some of the most iconic images of Monroe ever captured.
Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 / Winning bid:$112,500
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Accompanied by a copy of Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis
(New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011).

A pair of clip-on earrings in stylized ribbon design, accented with simulated pearls.
Worn by Marilyn Monroe in a Fox publicity photo, shot by staff photographer Frank Powolny, used to promote Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century, 1953). The earrings were modified subsequent to use in this photoshoot, with the removal of one section, making them shorter.
Estimate: $50,000 - $75,000 / Winning bid:$81,250
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Accompanied by a copy of Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis
(New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011).

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31/12/1952, Tests Costumes pour Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Le 31 décembre 1952, Marilyn Monroe pose pour des 'tests' costumes pour le film Les hommes préfèrent les blondesLe costumier est William Travilla.
On December, 31, 1952, Marilyn Monroe poses for wardrobe 'tests' for the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The designer is William Travilla.

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13/01/1953, Tests Costumes pour Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Le 13 janvier 1953, Marilyn Monroe pose pour des 'tests' costumes pour le film Les hommes préfèrent les blondesLe costumier est William Travilla.
On January, 13, 1953, Marilyn Monroe poses for wardrobe 'tests' for the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The designer is William Travilla.

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09 février 2018

Hollywood Auction 89 - 06/2017 - Profiles In History


Lot 151: Marilyn Monroe (3) photographs
with secretarial autographs
and (1) unsigned vintage swimsuit still.
(ca. 1950s)
Collection of (3) vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte 8 x 10 in. photographs all secretarially inscribed and signed in red ink on the image and in the borders, “Marilyn Monroe”. Also includes (1) vintage gelatin silver single-weight 8 x 10 in. cheesecake photograph of Monroe in a black lace swimsuit. 3-exhibiting even toning, minor edge wear and remain in very good to fine condition. 1-exhibits a repaired 1 in. tear to lower central border as well as edge creasing. In good condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $1,400

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Lot 152: Marilyn Monroe rare signed photograph. (TCF, 1952)
Vintage original gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. double-weight matte photograph by Frank Powolny depicting Marilyn in repose. From the publicity campaign for Monkey Business. Inscribed and signed in blue ink in lower left of image to a crewmember, “To Jack, It’s a pleasure to know you, Marilyn Monroe”. Exhibiting light even toning, and minor handling. In fine condition.
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 / Winning bid: $12,500


Lot 415: Marilyn Monroe (45+) photographs by Avedon, Greene, Florea, Willoughby, and others. (1940s-1960s/printed later)
Collection of (45+) gelatin silver and RC color double-weight and single weight glossy and matte production photographs and portraits ranging in size from 8 x 8 in. to 16 x 20 in. Including images with Cary Grant, William Holden, Montgomery Clift and others,glamour portraits, candid shots of cast and crew, scene stills and character portraits. Some retaining photographer inkstamps and notation on the verso. Exhibiting age, minor wear, some toning, minor soiling and handling. In overall vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600 / Winning bid: $4,250

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Lot 444: Movie Star News archive (1 million++) Hollywood and entertainment photographs.
Massive archive of (1 million++) primarily gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. single- and double-weight glossy and matte photographs, as well as RC prints, color photos, color glos stills, and color mini lobby cards. A New York City institution for over 70 years, Movie Star News began life in 1938 as a used bookstore owned by siblings Irving and Paula Klaw. The business struggled until one day Irving noticed customers surreptitiously tearing pictures out of movie magazines. Sensing an opportunity, the Klaws began selling used film publicity photos. Demand was so high that Irving reached out to studio publicity departments directly for additional stock, and discovered that promotional materials were routinely discarded after the run of a film. He was able to acquire as many original photos as he wanted for next to nothing, and often, studio negatives, from which he started producing his own prints. The Klaws stopped selling books and started a mail order photo business in addition to the storefront operation, effectively establishing Hollywood and entertainment photography as a field of collecting. Comprising Movie Star News store stock as well as vintage source material, the breadth and scope of this resulting archive is likely unparalleled anywhere, featuring material on nearly every important star and movie in the history of American film production, from pre-Hollywood silent film period through the Golden Age, New Hollywood, the blockbuster era, and beyond. Every category, genre, and subgenre is represented, including drama, comedy, action, adventure, romance, pre-code, crime, film noir, sci-fi, horror (Universal, Hammer, and more), war, western, pin-up, cheesecake, beefcake, exploitation, sexploitation, Blaxploitation, etc. Additionally featuring television, music, stage, and adult subjects, the archive contains a near-complete narrative of American pop culture throughout the 20th century. Today, it would be virtually impossible to build a collection of entertainment material this comprehensive from scratch and prohibitively expensive to create at this level of quality—the cost of photo paper alone would run well over $1,000,000. The archive consists of roughly 40% vintage original material, the remainder primarily composed of high quality Movie Star News gelatin silver dark room prints, many made from the original negatives that Klaw acquired directly from the studios. Including actresses and female entertainers: Paula Abdul, Julie Adams, Rene Adoree, Gracie Allen, June Allyson, Judith Anderson, Mary Andrewson, The Andrews Sisters, Ursula Andress, Julie Andrews, Even Arden, Jean Arthur, Mary Astor, Lauren Bacall, Carrol Baker, Josephine Baker, Lucille Ball, Anne Bancroft, Talullah Bankhead, Vilma Banky, Brigette Bardot, Theda Bara, Lynne Bari, Ethel Barrymore, Anne Baxter, Constance Bennett, Joan Bennett, Ingrid Bergman, Linda Blair, Joan Blondell, Ann Blythe, Jacqueline Bisset, Clara Bow, Alice Brady, Mary Brian, Fannie Brice, Louise Brooks, Virginia Bruce, Carol Burnett, Mary Carlisle, Madeleine Carroll, Irene Castle, Joan Caulfield, Helen Chandler, Carol Channing, Marguerite Chapman, Cyd Cherise, Claudette Colbert, Jeanne Crane, Joan Crawford, Fifi D’Orsay, Arlene Dahl, Lili Damita, Dorothy Dandridge, Bebe Daniels, Linda Darnell, Marion Davies, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Yvonne DeCarlo, Francis Dee, Sandra Dee, Gloria DeHaven, Olivia DeHavilland, Dolores Del Rio, Myrna Dell, Catherine Deneuve, Sandy Dennis, Bo Derek, Marlene Dietrch, Faith Domergue, Carol Donell, Billie Dove, Betsy Drake, Faye Dunaway, Irene Dunne, Deanna Durbin, Ann Dvorak, Jeanne Eagles, Barbara Eden, Anita Ekberg, Dale Evans, Francis Farmer, Alice Faye, Rhonda Fleming, Bridget Fonda, Jane Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Anne Francis, Kay Francis, Mona Freeman, Anette Funicello, Eva Gabor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Terri Garr, Greer Garson, Janet Gaynor, Lillian Gish, Paulette Goddard, Betty Grable, Gloria Grahame, Katharyn Grayson, Jane Greer, Virginia Grey Corinne Griffith, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Ann Harding, Jean Harlow, June Havoc, Goldie Hawn, Helen Hayes, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Billie Holliday, Miriam Hopkins, Lena Horne, Ruth Hussey, Angelica Huston, Betty Hutton, Janet Jackson, Gloria Jean, Zita Johann, Olivia Newton John, Grace Jones, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Jones, Janis Joplin, Ruby Keeler, Grace Kelly, Deborah Kerr, Phyllis Kirk, Eartha Kitt, Laura La Plante, Veronica Lake, Hedy Lamarr, Dorothy Lamour, Elsa Lancaster, Carol Landis, Priscilla Lane, Francis Langford, Angela Lansbury, Piper Laurie, Lila Lee, Peggy Lee, Janet Leigh, Vivien Leigh, Joan Leslie, Gina Lollabrigida, Carole Lombard, Bessie Love, Myrna Loy, Ida Lupino, Jeanette MacDonald, Ali MacGraw, Shirley MacLane, Anna Magnani, Jayne Mansfield, Ann Margret, Marilyn Maxwell, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy McGuire, Fay McKenzie, Una Merkel, Ethel Merman, Vera Miles, Ann Miller, Liza Minnelli, Mary Miles Minter, Carmen Miranda, Marilyn Monroe, Maria Montez, Coleen Moore, Mae Murray, Pola Negri, Kim Novak, Maureen O’Hara, Maureen O’Sullivan, Merle Oberon, Anita Page, Gail Patrick, Mary Pickford, Eleanor Powell, Luise Rainer, Sally Rand, Vanessa Redgrave, Donna Reed, Lee Remick, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Richards, Ginger Rogers, Diana Ross, Lillian Roth, Gail Russell, Jane Russell, Rosalind Russell, Ann Rutherford, Winona Ryder, Lizabeth Scott, Norma Shearer, Ann Sheridan, Dinah Shore, Sylvia Sidney, Jean Simmons, Alexis Smith, Barbara Stanwyck, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Emma Thompson, Gene Tierney, Thelma Todd, Claire Trevor, Kathleen Turner, Lana Turner, Twiggy, Mamie Van Doren, Lupe Velez, Martha Vickers, Rachel Ward, Tuesday Weld, Mae West, Marie Windsor, Debra Winger, Shelley Winters, Jane Withers, Anna May Wong, Natalie Wood, Fay Wray, Teresa Wright, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young, and many, many more. Actors and male entertainers: Amos & Andy, Dana Andrews, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Louis Armstrong, Desi Arnaz, Fred Astaire, Lex Barker, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, The Beatles, Warren Beatty, Wallace Beery, Harry Belafonte, John Belushi, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Charles Bickford, Humphrey Bogart, David Bowie, Charles Boyer, Marlon Brando, Charles Bronson, Mel Brooks, Yul Brynner, James Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Johnny Cash, John Cassavettes, Lon Chaney, Sr., Charlie Chaplin, Montgomery Clift, Nat King Cole, Ronald Colman, Sean Connery, Gary Cooper, Jackie Cooper, Ricardo Cortez, Joseph Cotten, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Dead End Kids, James Dean, Robert DeNiro, Walt Disney, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Duke Ellington, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. & Jr., Jose Ferrer, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Harrison Ford, Clark Gable, John Garfield, James Garner, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Benny Goodman, Cary Grant, Alec Guinness, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Rondo Hatton, Sterling Hayden, Charlton Heston, Alfred Hitchcock, Dustin Hoffman, William Holden, Bob Hope, Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, William Hurt, The “James Bond” franchise, Van Johnson, Al Jolson, Boris Karloff, Buster Keaton, Gene Kelly, Alan Ladd, Burt Lancaster, Harry Langdon, Charles Laughton, Laurel & Hardy, Bruce Lee, Christopher Lee, Jack Lemon, Jerry Lewis, Harold Lloyd, Peter Lorre, Dean Martin, Lee Marvin, the Marx Brothers, James Mason, Victor Mature, Joel McCrea, Roddy McDowell, Steve McQueen, Ray Milland, Sal Mineo, Robert Mitchum, Robert Montgomery, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Ricky Nelson, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, David Niven, Chuck Norris, Peter O’Toole, Warner Oland, Laurence Olivier, Al Pacino, Jack Palance, Gregory Peck, Tyrone Power, Elvis Presely, Vincent Price, John Wayne, Johnny Weissmuller, Orson Welles, Bruce Willis, and many, many more. Movies: The African Queen, All Quiet on the Western Front, American Graffiti, Anatomy of a Murder, Animal House, the Back to the Future franchise, Beau Geste, Bell, Book and Candle, The Big Heat, The Birds, The Blue Dahlia, Blue Velvet, Bonnie and Clyde, Born Yesterday, Brigadoon, Cabin in the Sky, Captain’s Courageous, Casablanca, the “James Bond” franchise, Cat People, the “Charlie Chan” franchise, Citizen Kane, Cover Girl, Dance, Fools, Dance, Dark Victory, Dead End, Dial M for Murder, Doctor Strangelove, Dracula, Duel in the Sun, Easy Rider, El Dorado, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Foreign Correspondent, Forsaking All Others, Frankenstein, From Here to Eternity, Full Metal Jacket, Funny Girl, Ghostbusters, Gigi, Gone With the Wind, Grand Illusion, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Escape, Halloween, High Society, His Girl Friday, Holiday, The Horror of Dracula, Human Desire, Humoresque, I Wanted Wings, Imitation of Life, Inside Daisy Clover, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jaws, Jezebel, The Killers, The King and I, The Lady Eve, The Lady Vanishes, Lifeboat, Macao, Marked Woman, The Most Dangerous Game, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Mrs. Miniver, Murder, My Sweet, My Darling Clementine, My Man Godfrey, Night of the Hunter, North by Northwest, Notorious, Passage to Marseilles, Paths of Glory, Persona, Picnic, Planet of the Apes, Porgy and Bess, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Prisoner of Zenda, Psycho, Quo Vadis, Random Harvest, Rear Window, Rebecca, Rio Bravo, Robocop, Rope, Sabotage, The Set-Up, Seven Samurai, She!, Showboat, Spellbound, Stagecoach, The Stranger, Sullivan’s Travels, Suspicion, the “Tarzan” franchise, Test Pilot, That Certain Woman, The Three Musketeers, To Catch a Thief, To Have and Have Not, Today We Live, Too Hot to Handle, The Untouchables, Valley of the Dolls, Vertigo, Vivacious Lady, Westside Story, White Christmas, Woman of the Year, The Women, Wuthering Heights, Young Mr. Lincoln, Zoo in Budapest, and many, many more. Includes duplicate images.Condition ranges widely, with the majority ranging from very good to very fine. The archive is housed in approx. (140) 4- and 5-drawer metal filing cabinets, measuring on average 22 x 28 x 53 in. This is a historic opportunity to own one of the most legendary and consequential collections of Hollywood and entertainment photographic material ever assembled. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to preview the lot in person by appointment.
Estimate: $220,000 - $350,000 / Winning bid: ?

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Lot 868: Marilyn Monroe (3) nude calendar first-release variation collection. (ca. 1940s)
Vintage original (3) iconic Tom Kelly’s legendary Golden Dreams nude calendar print, shot in 1949 when Marilyn was between studio contracts, and not published until at least 1952 for the following year. Including (1) 9 x 13 in. stapled print with advertising headboard present and 4-other prints of various models beneath Marilyn’s, (1) 8 x 9.5 in. print (presumed removed from a complete calendar) and (1) 12 x 16.5 in. print with creased headboard section. All in vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $850

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Lot 872: Marilyn Monroe door panel poster. (ca. 1950s)
Vintage original rolled 62 x 21.5 in. panel door poster of Marilyn Monroe in a candy-striped bathing suit. Linen backed. Exhibiting light even fading and a slice to the upper 2 in. of the blank border, not affecting image. In vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $600 - $800 / Winning bid: $3,250

Lot 878: Marilyn Monroe unpublished behind the scenes color camera transparency from Niagara by Frank Worth.
(TCF, 1953) Vintage original 2.5 x 2.5 in. camera color transparency of Marilyn Monroe in costume as “Rose Loomis” in an unpublished image of the Hollywood icon posing in front of a helicopter behind the scenes of Niagara. Photographed by Frank Worth. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300 / Winning bid: $350 


Lot 879: Marilyn Monroe (3) contact sheet strips with 9-portraits by Milton Greene from his personal collection.
(ca. 1950s) Vintage original (9) gelatin silver single-weight glossy 2.5 x 2.25 in. photographs on 3-contact sheet prints measuring approx. 2.25 x 8 in. and with 3-frames per strip. Featuring outdoor portraits of Marilyn Monroe taken by her close friend and legendary photographer Milton Greene. Unevenly trimmed at top and bottom of strips. Exhibiting age, minor wear and some handling. From the personal collection of Milton Greene. In overall very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $600

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Lot 885: Marilyn Monroe (3) candid photographs with Tony Curtis, Milton Greene and others.
(ca. 1960s) Vintage original (3) gelatin silver single-weight photos including (1) 8 x 10 in. Marilyn with DJ Fred Robbins and Joe Bynes, (1) 8 x 10 in. Marilyn with Milton Greene and others at Jess Rand's 1954 birthday party and (1) 4.5 x 6.5 in. Marilyn with Tony Curtis and others. Exhibiting some edge chipping, age, handling. With some mounting residue, inkstamps and writing to verso. In vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $300

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Lot 886: Marilyn Monroe (3) candid photographs with Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Curtis, Milton Greene and more.
(ca. 1960s) Vintage original (3) gelatin silver single-weight photos including (1) 4.5 x 6.5 in. Marilyn with Tony Curtis and Milton Greene wearing eye patches in solidarity with Sammy Davis Jr. who’d lost his eye in a car accident, (1) 8 x 10 in. Marilyn with Milton Greene and Sammy Davis Jr. at Jess Rand's 1954 birthday party and (1) 8 x 10 in. photo card of Marilyn with Sammy Davis Jr. and Eddie Fisher. Exhibiting some edge chipping, age, handling. With some mounting residue, inkstamps and writing to verso. In vintage good to fine condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $300 

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Lot 888: Marilyn Monroe (10) mammoth prints signed by George Barris.
(ca. 1950s-1960s) Collection of (10) contemporary oversize posed and candid photographs of Monroe ranging in size from 17 x 22.25 in. to 21 x 28 in. Including (2) color images 1-of Monroe wearing a robe at the beach and 1-head shot and (8) black and white prints including 7-in and around a home and 1-at the beach. All signed in lower right of images, “George Barris” (Barris first signed in ballpoint over which he later signed in marking pen). Exhibiting minor wrinkling from handling. In generally fine condition.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500 / Winning bid: $1,900
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Lot 889: Bert Stern signed Marilyn Monroe limited edition foil print.
(1962) Vintage original blue ink silkscreen on 40 x 40 in. silver foil limited edition print. The image is from Marilyn Monroe’s last photographic sitting in 1962. Signed by the photographer, “Bert Stern” in the lower right border and numbered, “99/100” in the lower left. Presented in the original fame. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 / Winning bid: $2,000


Lot 876: Marilyn Monroe (2) window cards from How to Marry a Millionaire and Niagara. (TCF, 1953)
Vintage original (2) window cards for the Marilyn Monroe titles including (1) 14 x 22 in. card for How to Marry a Millionaire featuring Marilyn in swimsuit with Betty Hutton and Lauren Bacall. With playdate field filled in and some toning to edges and including (1) 14 x 22 in. card for Niagara featuring a sultry Monroe reclining and a photo image of she and Joseph Cotten. With blank playdate field, some clean pinholes to corners, and even toning. In generally very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600 / Winning bid: $500
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Lot 877: Marilyn Monroe (41) negatives from Bus Stop. (TCF, 1956)
Vintage original (41) 5 x 4 in. black and white negatives with matching contact prints, including images from production with Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O’Connell, Eileen Heckart and cast, behind the scenes shots, crowd scenes, and images of Monroe in her iconic green costume performing. Contained in original sleeves. Some contact prints with editorial grease pencil cropping for publication. In generally fine vintage condition.
Estimate: $600 - $800 / Winning bid: $7,000
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Lot 880: Marilyn Monroe rolled German A0 large size format poster for The Seven-Year Itch.
Marilyn Monroe rolled German A0 large size format poster for The Seven-Year Itch. (TCF, 1955/R-1960) Vintage original German A0 46 x 33 in. large size format poster by graphic artist, stamp illustrator and art educator Dorothea Fischer-Nosbisch for the re-release of the Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe comedy. Rolled. With vibrant color. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $750


Lot 881: Marilyn Monroe (11) production photographs from The Seven Year Itch and How to Marry a Millionaire.
 (MGM, 1953/1955) Vintage original (11) gelatin silver single-weight glossy 8 x 10 in. production photographs featuring Marilyn Monroe and cast including (5) How to Marry a Millionaire and (6) The Seven Year Itch. All with studio slugs in lower borders. Exhibiting age, minor wear, some toning, creasing and handling. In overall vintage good to very good condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $600
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Lot 882: Marilyn Monroe (5) photographs from The Seven-Year Itch and others.
(TCF, 1955) Vintage original gelatin silver single-weight production photographs ranging in size from 7.25 x 8 in. to 8 x 10 in. including (3) Seven-Year Itch with Marilyn and Tom Ewell mugging on a couch (1-with two-hole punches at the top border), (1) full-body swimsuit pose and (1) portrait in a jeweled satin gown near a car. All exhibit minor age and handling. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300 / Winning bid: $650
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Lot 883: Marilyn Monroe lobby card for Dangerous Years, her first appearance in film publicity material.
(TCF, 1948) Vintage original color 11 x 14 in. lobby card for the first film in which Marilyn appeared in publicity material. Exhibiting pinholes, border restoration, and retouching to a vertical crease through the center of the card and a crease in the lower right image. Presents in vintage good to very good condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $300

Lot 884. Marilyn Monroe and Anne Baxter photograph behind the scenes on All About Eve by Frank Powolny.
(TCF, 1950) Vintage original gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. double-weight matte photograph. Retaining photographer’s inkstamp on the verso. Exceedingly rare early candid moment for Marilyn. In vintage very fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600 / Winning bid: $650

Lot 890: Warner Bros. commemorative brass key to the studio. (ca. 1960s)
Consisting of a cast brass 11 x 4 in. presentation key to Warner Bros. Studios. The shield-shaped bow of the key features raised iconic “WB” letters synonymous with the studio. The key blade reads, in raised letters, “The Largest in the World” on one side and “Welcome to the Warner Bros Studio”, on the other. Keys like this one were presented to special guests, celebrities, and dignitaries visiting the studio. Exhibiting expected age, wear and patina. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $600 - $800 / Winning bid: $1,900  

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Documents papiers

lot 869: Marilyn Monroe’s (Norma Jeane Dougherty) first signed studio contract with Twentieth Century-Fox with original screen test request signed by Ben Lyon.
The contract is 17 pages (8.5 x 11 in.), entitled “Agreement Between Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation And Norma Jeane Dougherty – Artist August 24, 1946” typed on the heavy stock contract folder bound with two brass brads. The document is an agreement, “That the producer employs the artist, and the artist enters the employ of the producer, to render his services exclusively to the producer, in the capacities and for the purposes herein described, for a term of Six (6) Months, commencing on the 26th day of August, 1946… the producer shall pay to the artist, as his entire compensation hereunder, the sum of One Hundred and Twenty-Five Dollars ($125.00) per week during the term of said employment…” On page 16, the future Marilyn Monroe signed in black ink, “Norma Jeane Dougherty” and was co-signed by a studio executive an a notary public. The final page was signed by Norma Jeane’s foster mother, Grace McKee, granting approval of the agreement for the 20-year-old minor. Accompanying the contract is the 1-page inter-office document, dated July 25, 1946, signed by Twentieth Century Fox executive (and former actor) Ben Lyon, written to Mr. George Wasson, stating in part: “Will you please draw up an optional contract on Norma Jeane Dougherty. We agree to make a test of her and then within ten (10) days after she completes the test, we agree to advise her whether or not we intend to exercise the option: 6 months – 20 out of 26 weeks -- $150.00.” Ben Lyon was a successful actor starring in the 1930 film Hell’s Angels, the film that brought Jean Harlow to prominence. After having met the young Norma Jeane on July 17, 1946, Lyon stated that she was “Jean Harlow all over again!” With this document, he arranged for Norma Jeane’s screen test and her subsequent contract with the studio. Lyon later advised the starlet to change her screen name to “Marilyn Monroe”. Also included is a carbon copy studio memo to Ben Lyon from George Wasson, dated October 25, 1946, stating that “Today is the last day for us to notify Norma Jeane Dougherty in the event we desire her to have any dental work done.” Contract is in fine condition; both the Lyon and dental memos have paper loss from the two-hole binder. An historic assemblage marking the genesis of the silver screen’s greatest star.
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000 / Winning bid: $35,500
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lot 870: Marilyn Monroe personally hand annotated script from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (TCF, 1953)
Marilyn Monroe’s personally-used and annotated script from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. An incomplete script, being a block of revisions delivered by the production to Marilyn Monroe comprising 69 pages total (numbered 48 through 117, missing page 93) plus a pink title cover-sheet printed “26 November 1952, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (Revised Final Script…13 Nov. 1952),” plus “TO ALL SECRETARIES: Please place these ADDITIONAL PAGES at the back of your script of the above date. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Majority of the prompts for Marilyn’s character “Lorelei Lee” are circled variously in graphite and non-repro blue pencil, with approximately 22-pages annotated in various inks and pencil in Monroe’s hand with amendments and additions to the script and notes on how she proposes to deliver lines and portray Lorelei’s character, with several other pages showing line deletions and other demarcations. Highlights of notes include: pg. 56, when Lord Beekman finds Lorelei stuck in Malone’s porthole, next to Lorelei’s line “Oh yes--Tea with Lady Beekman. Why, she must of forgot. She didn’t show up,” with Monroe adding an alternative line, “Well, I just wanted to see the view. It’s better from here”; pg. 58, Monroe changes the line “Piggie, will you run down to my cabin and get my purse?” to “Maybe I should have that Sherry - will you get me some”; pg. 79, Monroe has written a note to herself in the margin “Feeling that feeds the words, know the lines, go over it inteligently [sic]”; pg. 92, also to herself, “sense the feeling with the body” plus several dialogue changes; pg. 94, again to herself, “grit my teeth and forget it must have my,” “all of feeling in my words,” and “build pull back, don’t stop mutual conflict between partners.” Also, the following page (95) although bearing no notations, features the scene for Monroe’s classic musical number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” In generally very good condition, with expected handling wear, soiling, and creasing, and some small edge tears and damp-staining to cover page and a few internal margins throughout. Marilyn’s unique, revealing personal notations in this script reveal her private thought processes and fleeting self confidence. On set, she was haunted by her controlling acting coach Natasha Lytess, constantly striving for her approval and insisting on retakes even when director Howard Hawks had already approved. Co-star Jane Russell looked after Marilyn on set and was often one of the only people able to coax her out of her trailer during her bouts of self doubt. Despite her anxieties, it was the role of Lorelei Lee that first fabricated her ‘dumb blonde’ persona—a genius mixture of comedy and sexiness which Marilyn personified on screen, all the while taking her acting very seriously, as evidenced by her occasional heartfelt self-motivational notes in the margins. Monroe biographer Donald Spoto once said: “She put a twist on sexiness. It was not something wicked and was something which was terribly funny. And Marilyn enjoyed it.” A remarkable and deeply personal artifact both from Marilyn’s aura imbued within it, and of Hollywood history in general.
Provenance: Christies, New York, June 22, 2006, Lot 160.
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 / Winning bid: $20,000
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Lot 871: Marilyn Monroe signed document relating to The Seven Year Itch. (TCF, 1955)
The 1-page document (8.5 x 11 in.), dated and notarized from the State of New York on December 31, 1955, states in part: “I, Marilyn Monroe of New York, New York… for valuable consideration to me in hand paid and the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge, have and do hereby and herewith release and forever discharge Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation… of and from all manner of action and actions, cause and causes of action, claims, demands… that I have ever had… pertaining to the production, distribution, exploitation or other matters or things relating to a certain motion picture photoplay entitled THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.” Signed “Marilyn Monroe” in black ink. Minor staple holes on left margin. Overall, in fine condition.
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 / Winning bid: $3,750

 Lot 873: (2) Marilyn Monroe signed documents and a block of (3) blank Marilyn Monroe checks.
A 1-page document (8.5 x 11 in.), undated, but retains “Received” stamp dated February 6, 1947. Sent by Marilyn to 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation to the attention of the legal department. In part: “This is to notify you that I am no longer being represented by the National Concert & Artists Corporation… I am now being represented by the Elsie Cukor Lipton Agency…[signed] Marilyn Monroe”. Contains clerical notes in both pencil and ink. Toning at lower half with tearing by two binder holes.
The second document is the second page of a two-page document (page one is missing), dated January 16, 1952 involving Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation and RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., pertaining to advertisement release for Marilyn Monroe in promoting “Jantzen Play Suites, Play Clothes and Swim Suits”. Signed “Marilyn Monroe” in blue ink, and co-signed by a Twentieth Century-Fox representative. Staple holes at top, pronounced wrinkling and a 3.75 x 1.25 in. portion clipped from the document.
Included with the documents is a block of (3) unused “Marilyn Monroe” printed checks from her City National Bank, Beverly Hills branch (checks numbered 1950 – 1952). Checks and attached stubs are in fine condition.
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500 / Winning bid: $3,750
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Lot 874: Marilyn Monroe signed advertising release for House of Westmore Cosmetics.
The 1-page document (8.5 x 13.5 in.), dated July 3, 1952 from Los Angeles, California, states in part: “The undersigned, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, a New York corporation, hereby gives and grants to House of Westmore, the non-exclusive right to utilize the name and likeness of Marilyn Monroe… Said name and/or likeness shall be used only by House of Westmore in connection with its product Cosmetics in the following manner: Newspapers, magazines, window and counter displays, point of sale material.” Signed “Marilyn Monroe” in black ink, and co-signed by representatives of Twentieth Century-Fox and House of Westmore. Minor paper loss from the binder at upper edge; minor chip at bottom edge not affecting signature.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 / Winning bid: $4,250

Lot 875: Studio letter warning Marilyn Monroe of her breach of contract for taking off shooting days to participate in President Kennedy’s Birthday Celebration. (1962)
Vintage original 2-page letter on Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation letterhead, dated May 16, 1962, addressed to Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. In part: “…the services of Miss Marilyn Monroe in the now current employment period commenced on March 6, 1962 in the motion picture tentatively entitled ‘Something’s Gotta Give’… Whereas said motion picture is now in the process of principal photography and is uncompleted… Miss Monroe has advised the executives of the undersigned corporation… that she intends to absent herself from Producer’s studio and from Los Angeles, California, at twelve noon, May 17, 1962, for the purpose of attending a social function being held outside of the State of California, and to continue said absence for the reminder of the said calendar week… Now, therefore, please be advised that said announced action on the part of Miss Monroe constitutes a refusal by her to render services… said action of Miss Monroe will result in serious loss and material damage to the undersigned corporation… [the studio may] be relieved of any of its obligations in respect to the photoplay in which Miss Monroe is now rendering…” Signed “Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation” by Frank H. Ferguson, its Assistant Secretary. Included with original registered mail transmittal envelope, postmarked May 16, 1962, with attached studio slip with stamp indicating return date of May 17, 1962 with notation that the letter was refused and returned. Before shooting had begun, Monroe received approval from producer Henry Weinstein for her to perform on May 19th for President Kennedy’s birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. Despite the agreement, Marilyn’s protracted health issues had delayed production and studio brass ultimately decided to release her from the picture on June 8th.
Estimate: $400 - $600 / Winning bid: $3,750
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Lot 887: Let's Make Love 22-pages of original sheet music for the LP record release.
(TCF, 1960) Vintage original (22) pages of musical charts including (1) 5-page printed 9.5 x 13 in. Conductor score for, “Let’s Make Love” designated for “Marilyn Monroe and Frankie Vaughan”, (1) 4-page handwritten 10.75 x 13.25 in. score for, “Let’s Make Love”, (1) 6-page printed 9.5 x 13 in. Conductor score for, “You With the Crazy Eyes” designated for “Frankie Vaughan (Vocal)” and (1) 7-page handwritten 10.75 x 13.25 in. score for “You With the Crazy Eyes” score. All exhibit edge toning, handling, minor soiling and staining. In vintage very good condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Winning bid: $325
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 Lot 1942: Loni Anderson vintage “MM” evening gloves gifted to her by Burt Reynolds as the personal property of Marilyn Monroe.
(ca. 1950s) Vintage original pair of elegant midnight blue synthetic silk evening gloves with stitched braid detail at back and stitched monogram, “MM” on underside of flared, slit cuffs. Retaining internal Hansen maker’s label, printed size 6. Gifted to Loni Anderson by Burt Reynolds who attributed them to Marilyn Monroe, an idol of Anderson’s. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500 / Winning bid: $9,500

18 janvier 2016

A Green Jersey Top & Deep Purple Velvet Pants

Le maillot vert en jersey & le pantalon violet en velours
A Green Jersey Top & Deep Purple Velvet Pants


Cet ensemble est composé d'un maillot vert en jersey à longues manches et au décolleté croisé, d'un pantalon bleu/violet foncé en velours et d'une ceinture en soie de couleur lavande pâle. Il a été conçu par le créateur et couturier de la 20th Century Fox, William "Billy" Travilla pour le film Gentlemen prefer blondes (Les hommes préfèrent les blondes) tourné en 1952.

Marilyn Monroe fit deux essais de tests costumes avec cette tenue: d'abord, le 12 novembre 1952, elle pose seule devant l'ardoise indiquant les notions liées à la tenue dans le film (le rôle, la scène, le nom du couturier, la date). Elle accessoirise la tenue avec des boucles d'oreilles (de couleur vert émeraudes foncées telles qu'on les découvre dans le film), un collier et un bracelet au poignet gauche (qui sont de même couleur que les boucles d'oreilles). Elle porte des sandales noires croisées et ouvertes aux pieds.
Puis, le 17 décembre 1952, elle prend la pose à côté du couturier Travilla (qui tient dans sa main l'esquisse de la tenue) et qui réajuste le maillot. La coiffure de Marilyn est plus fluide, et elle porte les mêmes accessoires, excepté le bracelet remplacé par une bague à la main gauche.

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C'est une tenue qui se veut décontractée tout en restant chic: Marilyn la porte dans une scène où son personnage, Lorelei, une chanteuse de Music Hall qui embarque sur un paquebot avec sa partenaire Dorothy (Jane Russell), se retrouve dans sa cabine en pleine discussion avec le riche (et imposteur) Piggy puis avec Dorothy. Les deux chanteuses ne sont pas en représentation et la scène les représente dans un moment de journée ordinaire (sur un paquebot certes, mais dans leur cabine). [> la scène du film sur le blog: voir les captures, les photos et sur le tournage ]. C'est pourquoi on retrouve le côté "casual" dans le top qui se veut court et malgré tout moulant, tout comme le pantalon qui retombe tout en fluidité sur les pieds; et le côté "chic" par les matières (jersey, velours) et la ceinture de soie. On retrouve les bijoux portés aux tests de costumes et il semblerait qu'il s'agisse d'une parure avec les mêmes pierres de même couleur: les boucles d'oreilles, le collier, le bracelet (au poignet gauche) et la bague (à la main droite). 

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Marilyn posera dans cette tenue pour une série de photographies sous l'objectif de John Florea, servant de clichés publicitaires au film; mais pour ces poses ironiques -où elle joue aux cartes avec des billets de banque- elle a changé les bijoux: elle a ôté le collier, le bracelet, la bague et porte de grandes boucles blanches pendantes aux oreilles:

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Il semble indéniable que Travilla se soit fortement inspiré de cette tenue présentée dans le magazine américain Vogue de avril 1952 où dans les pages de mode, on voit cette mannequin portant une tenue similaire (le top est plus près du corps et moins fluide que celui de Marilyn, et le décolleté n'est pas croisé; le pantalon en velours et la ceinture semblent avoir été repris à l'identique. Tout comme l'idée des bijoux -différents que ceux portés par Marilyn, mais en nombre), le tout dans un esprit ethnique / bohème chic:


Jane Russell, la partenaire de Marilyn, portera le top vert dans la suite de "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" tournée en 1955 -"Gentlemen marry brunettes" ("Les hommes épousent les brunes") réalisé par Richard Sale- la ceinture est mauve et le pantalon est un corsaire noir satiné:

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L'actrice Sheree North portera aussi à son tour l'ensemble :


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22 novembre 2015

Enchère "Treasures from the Dream Factory" 11/2015

Bonhams-TCM-2015-Treasures-from-the-Dream-Factory-Auction-Catalog-PDF-Portal-Download  Vente aux enchères 'TMC PRESENTS... TREASURES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY' le 23 novembre 2015 par Bonhams  à New York. Les lots avec leur description sont en consultation libre sur le site de Bohams.

 Lot 2: A Natalie Wood bound screenplay of Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!
US$ 700 - 900 - €650 - 840
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948. Mimeographed manuscript, revised final screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert, 149 pp, February 19, 1947 (with revision pages dated as late as March 4), burgundy leather cover stamped in gilt to upper cover with film's title and "F. Hugh Herbert." Some pages annotated in ink by Wood, who also inscribed her name, character's name address, and phone number on the title page, and some of her dialogue in pencil on the verso of the last page. This was Wood's eighth film, but is better remembered as the movie in which Marilyn Monroe utters her first speaking role.

Lot 206: A Marilyn Monroe signed contract for The Asphalt Jungle
US$ 20,000 - 30,000 - €19,000 - 28,000
Document signed ("Marilyn Monroe"), 2 pp, Hollywood, November 29, 1949, a Twentieth Century-Fox/Screen Actors Guild contract "for Free Lance Players," countersigned and dated on the verso beside Monroe's signature, inscribed in ink on the recto, "12-8-49 M. Monroe / J.S.," with additional partial page stapled to verso.
John Huston's film noir The Asphalt Jungle marked one of Marilyn Monroe's most important early, breakthrough roles, as gangster Emmerich's (Louis Calhern's) much younger moll, Angela. At the time, Monroe was virtually unknown and this contract states she received only $300 per week for her work on the film.
9 x 23 in.
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Lot 207: A Marilyn Monroe suit from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
US$ 350,000 - 500,000 - €330,000 - 470,000
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953. Gray wool jacket with cream-colored embroidered linen collar, wired so that it stands, hook-and-eye and black button closure at the center, fitted at the hips, with partial gray crepe lining; together with a matching knee-length pencil skirt with a navy grosgrain waistband and buttons that attach to the jacket (to prevent the skirt from moving when Monroe danced), and a small slit in the back, bearing a bias label inscribed in black ink, "1-69-1194 M. Monroe A-698-40." Monroe, as Lorelei Lee, wears this suit when she and Dorothy (Jane Russell) go shopping in Paris, the hotel refuses them, and they wind up at a sidewalk café, singing "When Love Goes Wrong."
Provenance: Purchased by Debbie Reynolds from Fox in 1971; Butterfield & Butterfield, Entertainment Memorabilia, March 14, 2000, lot 5842.
A 1949 musical based on a novel by Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was initially purchased by Fox as a vehicle for Betty Grable. However in light of Grable's waning popularity and comparatively high salary (almost ten times Monroe's), studio head Darryl Zanuck decided to cast the starlet Monroe instead, borrowing Jane Russell from RKO to serve as her costar. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a massive success and 1953 became Monroe's breakout year. She and Jane Russell put their handprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater to celebrate the film's premiere, Monroe appeared on the cover of Photoplay and received its Fastest Rising Star award, and also appeared on the cover of the inaugural issue of Playboy.
A report by leading costume conservator Cara Varnell is available upon request.
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Lot 208: A Marilyn Monroe red saloon gown from River of No Return
US$ 300,000 - 500,000 - €280,000 - 470,000
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954. 19th century style saloon gown with a red cotton bodice adorned with large black sequins in a swirling pattern with black sequin trim along the neckline and each of the three shoulder straps, a black satin bustled skirt with matching red cotton trim with black sequins on either side of a high slit, and a yellow silk rose at the hip, bearing a label inscribed in black ink, "1-25-1-4413 A713-06 / M. Monroe"; and a matching pair of red cotton panties with red lace and green ribbon trim, bearing a label inscribed in black ink, "1-25-1-4413 A713-06 / M. Monroe" and a Fox cleaning tag. Monroe wears this dress while singing "One Silver Dollar" in the saloon.
Provenance: Purchased by Debbie Reynolds from Fox in 1971; Butterfield & Butterfield, Entertainment Memorabilia, March 14, 2000, lot 5843.
River of No Return stars Monroe as Kay Weston, a singer in a mining tent city in the Northwestern United States. Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) arrives there in search of his son Mark and meets Kay, who has been looking after the child. Kay and her fiancé (Rory Calhoun) later set off on a rafting trip to Council City, and Matt rescues them after they run into trouble on the river. River of No Return was directed by Otto Preminger and shot on location in national parks in Canada to take advantage of the beautiful appearance of the landscapes on CinemaScope.
Monroe wears this dress in her first scene of the film. As Robert Mitchum enters the tent and walks around the stage, watching Monroe sing and strum a guitar, neither he nor the audience can take his eyes off of her. The image of Monroe in the dress also appears on the original one sheet poster and features prominently in the other promotional material surrounding the film.
A report by leading costume conservator Cara Varnell is available upon request.

Lot 209: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
US$ 1,000 - 1,500 - €940 - 1,400
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953. Three sheet poster, linen-backed. A vibrant poster with outstanding portraits of stars Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.
41 x 81 in.

Lot 213: An original title for River of No Return
US$ 1,200 - 1,400 - €1,100 - 1,300
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954. Carved wood, reading "River of / No Return." Created by Pacific Title for the film's opening credits but not used. River of No Return, a Western set in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century, was directed by Otto Preminger and starred Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum.
36 x 14 3/4 in.

Lot 214: A Bert Stern photograph of Marilyn Monroe
US$ 1,000 - 1,500 - €940 - 1,400
C-print signed ("Bert Stern") in green ink at lower right, and numbered 27/250. New York: Sherwood Atelier, 1978. Celebrity photographer Bert Stern is intimately linked with Monroe by the 2,500 photographs he took of her for Vogue less than two months before her untimely death. Stern later compiled those photographs for his book The Last Sitting, and this photograph was printed as part of a portfolio of ten prints in 1978. This sultry close-up of Monroe is a classic example of her vamping for Stern's camera.
Sheet: 20 x 24 in.; image: 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 in.

Lot 215: A Marilyn Monroe signed U.S. Dept. of Defense identification card
US$ 10,000 - 15,000 - €9,400 - 14,000
Card serial no. 129279, undated, signed ("Norma Jeane DiMaggio"), inscribed under the signature by the military policeman who issued the ID, with "VOID" across the body of the document. On the verso of the card, Monroe has stamped her fingerprints in black ink. Accompanied by a press photograph of Monroe visiting the Tokyo Army Hospital on February 5, 1954.
This is the file copy of the ID card issued to Marilyn Monroe during her famous visit to entertain the American soldiers in Korea. Monroe had just married Joe DiMaggio on January 14 of that year, and they traveled to Japan for their honeymoon. She received this ID card from the US Army Provost Marshall's Office in Tokyo before flying to Korea. Monroe performed in ten shows over four days before a total audience of 100,000 soldiers.
In 2008, Bonhams sold Monroe's copy of this ID card, with the date February 8, 1954, the preceding serial number of 128278 and an identical inscription from the MP on duty, for $57,000.
Provenance: Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from the consignor, describing how he purchased the ID card from the estate of one of the military policemen on duty that day.
3 5/8 x 2 3/8 in.
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Lot 218: A revised final screenplay of Let's Make Love
US$ 500 - 700 - €470 - 650
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960. Mimeographed manuscript, revised final screenplay by Norman Krasna, 162 pp, December 20, 1959 (with revision pages as late as January 11, 1960), bound in brads in yellow Twentieth Century-Fox wrappers printed "Revised Shooting Final," with some notations in pencil to upper cover.
George Cukor's Let's Make Love was Marilyn Monroe's penultimate completed film role. Yves Montand stars as a man impersonating an actor impersonating himself in a play costarring actress Amanda Dell (Monroe). The finished film runs 119 minutes, which indicates that various scenes were probably deleted from this lengthy script. Monroe's then-husband Arthur Miller and Hal Kanter also contributed to the screenplay.

Lot 219: A large collection of rare contact sheets of Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love
US$ 50,000 - 80,000 - €47,000 - 75,000
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960. 134 contact sheets, in two sets bound at tops in clasps (one set totaling one-hundred and twenty-one sheets; the other, thirteen), each with twenty (though sometimes less) 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. black and white photographs, "Approved Set" inscribed on first sheet of smaller set in permanent marker, Advertising Code Administration "Approved" and "Disapproved" stamps on versos with dates in green and red ink, housed in a Kodak Photographic Paper box inscribed, "Monroe / Somethings [sic] Got to Give" (though the photographs are from Let's Make Love).
Taken throughout the production of Marilyn Monroe's penultimate film, there are approximately 2,700 individual black and white images in this collection. Monroe is pictured in almost every shot, though her costars Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and others are also prominently featured, as is director George Cukor. Most of the photographs were taken during filming, but there are also many candid, behind-the-scenes images. Monroe herself went through the contact sheets and crossed out dozens of images she didn't like, using a thick black or red ink pen, and sometimes crossing herself out so thoroughly that she couldn't be seen at all. Thankfully, she left hundreds of shots untouched.
11 x 14 in.


05 septembre 2015

Hollywood Auction 74 - 09-10/2015 - Various

 Documents papiers

(Day 2) Lot 1147. Marilyn signs an early contract for the Charlie McCarthy show with a morality clause after nude photo debacle threatened to derail her fledgling career.
Document Signed, “Marilyn Monroe” and additionally, “MM” (ten times), four pages, 8.5 x 11 in. (with two 8.5 x 2 in. slips attached to pages three and four), Los Angeles, October 7, 1952, countersigned “Edgar Bergen,” who also adds his initials, “EB” ten times (each below Monroe’s). The contract concerns Monroe’s radio appearance on The Charlie McCarthy Show, recorded on October 18, 1952. A morality rider, attached to page four, addresses Monroe’s legendary sex appeal, in which she agreed Bergen could cancel the appearance, “… if I conducted or do conduct myself without due regard to public conventions and morals or have done or do anything which will tend to disgrace me in society or bring me into pubic disrepute, contempt, scorn or ridicule, or that will tend to schock [sic], insult or offend the community or public morals or decency or prejudice agency or sponsor or the entertainment industry in general …” This rider was especially important in light of the recent controversy over her nude photographs that had surfaced earlier in the year and threatened to derail her fledgling career. The same rider also evokes the “red scare” sentiment of the time. Not only did Monroe agree not to offend any moral sensibility during the program, she also agreed that her appearance could be terminated in the event she was “… held in contempt by any Congressional committee or other governmental body and any refusal to testify before any such committee or governmental body, whether for legally justifiable reasons or otherwise.” The language refers to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which had become infamous after it began investigating Hollywood in 1947. Monroe’s appearance with Charlie McCarthy was an enormous hit. During the program, the pair announced their engagement, much to the consternation of Edgar Bergen who “admitted that losing Charlie would be like having his pocket picked.” McCarthy, for his part, assured listeners that he would allow Ms. Monroe to continue her screen career. “Certainly I’m gonna let her work. I love the girl. I don’t want to interfere with her career—or her income.” Exhibiting file holes at top, stapled at left, very light soiling. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1148. Marilyn Monroe’s personally hand-annotated original shooting script from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (TCF, 1953)
Marilyn Monroe’s personally-used and annotated script from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. An incomplete script, being a block of revisions delivered by the production to Marilyn Monroe comprising 69 pages total (numbered 48 through 117, missing page 93) plus a pink title cover-sheet printed “26 November 1952, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (Revised Final Script…13 Nov. 1952),” plus “TO ALL SECRETARIES: Please place these ADDITIONAL PAGES at the back of your script of the above date. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Majority of the prompts for Marilyn’s character “Lorelei Lee” are circled variously in graphite and non-repro blue pencil, with approximately 22 pages annotated in various inks and pencil in Monroe’s hand with amendments and additions to the script and notes on how she proposes to deliver lines and portray Lorelei’s character, with several other pages showing line deletions and other demarcations. Highlights of notes include: pg. 56, when Lord Beekman finds Lorelei stuck in Malone’s porthole, next to Lorelei’s line “Oh yes--Tea with Lady Beekman. Why, she must of forgot. She didn’t show up,” with Monroe adding an alternative line, “Well, I just wanted to see the view. It’s better from here”; pg. 58, Monroe changes the line “Piggie, will you run down to my cabin and get my purse?” to “Maybe I should have that Sherry - will you get me some”; pg. 79, Monroe has written a note to herself in the margin “Feeling that feeds the words, know the lines, go over it inteligently [sic]”; pg. 92, also to herself, “sense the feeling with the body” plus several dialogue changes; pg. 94, again to herself, “grit my teeth and forget it must have my,” “all of feeling in my words,” and “build pull back, don’t stop mutual conflict between partners.” Also, the following page (95) although bearing no notations, features the scene for Monroe’s classic musical number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” In generally very good condition, with expected handling wear, soiling, and creasing, and some small edge tears and damp-staining to cover page and a few internal margins throughout. Marilyn’s unique, revealing personal notations in this script reveal her private thought processes and fleeting self confidence. On set, she was haunted by her controlling acting coach Natasha Lytess, constantly striving for her approval and insisting on retakes even when director Howard Hawks had already approved. Co-star Jane Russell looked after Marilyn on set and was often one of the only people able to coax her out of her trailer during her bouts of self doubt. Despite her anxieties, it was the role of Lorelei Lee that first fabricated her ‘dumb blonde’ persona—a genius mixture of comedy and sexiness which Marilyn personified on screen, all the while taking her acting very seriously, as evidenced by her occasional heartfelt self-motivational notes in the margins. Monroe biographer Donald Spoto once said: “She put a twist on sexiness. It was not something wicked and was something which was terribly funny. And Marilyn enjoyed it.” A remarkable and deeply personal artifact both from Marilyn’s aura imbued within it, and of Hollywood history in general. Provenance: Christies, New York, June 22, 2006, Lot 160.
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1150. Marilyn Monroe historic signed RCA recording contract from the year of the release of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (1953)
Vintage 4-page 8.25 x 11 in. contract signed in blue ink, “Marilyn Monroe on onion skin paper leaf, between Monroe and RCA with mention of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, dated October 8, 1953. Among Hollywood historians, it’s generally agreed that 1953 marked Marilyn Monroe’s ascent to legend. Though she’d inked a seven-year deal with Twentieth Century-Fox previously, she didn’t achieve super stardom until the 1953 release of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. That mid-summer release, with its box office acclaim, served as the momentum for her signing this singing recording contract with RCA. There’s no mention in the agreement about Monroe’s compensation except her cut of resultant royalties. Monroe was obliged to record not fewer that “16 sides,” or single tunes on two sides of a record album. Text of the contract makes frequent reference to Twentieth Century-Fox. At the conclusion on page 4, the signatures of the principals appear, “Emanuel Sacks” for RCA, “Joseph Schenck”, Executive Director of Twentieth Century-Fox, and of course, “Marilyn Monroe”. Monroe is assumed to have faithfully fulfilled this contract – to include tunes from her two ensuing films, River of No Return and There’s No Business Like Show Business. Retaining 2-hole punch at upper boarder, white tape at the upper margins, and staple holes in the lower left and in the upper left corners. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1192. Pat Newcomb handwritten letter giving support to Marilyn Monroe during her pending divorce from Arthur Miller. 1-page, Quarto, on “In Flight – American Airlines” letterhead stationery, dated December 31, 1960, written “Personal” at the lower left corner. As Marilyn’s personal friend and publicist, she writes to support Marilyn as her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller was coming to an end. Newcomb pens, in part: “Dear Marilyn,…I hope you will take good care of yourself. I know and understand what you are going through – but you will make it! Just take it ‘nice ‘n easy’. It will all work out – because you want it to and you have the capacity to make it work! Start with the nurse this week and please call me anytime during the night or day that you feel like talking…This week will be a rough one – but it’s worth it and very important for you. Thank you so very very much again for the wonderful ‘lifetime gift.’ I adore it!!! I can only give you one ‘lifetime gift’ – and that’s my friendship – which you know you already have! Love, Pat. See you on the 19th.” At the time this letter was written, Marilyn was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She had separated from Arthur Miller in October, and their divorce was announced to the press on November 11th. Newcomb’s closing phrase in this letter, “See you on the 19th”, is a direct reference to the divorce proceedings that had already been scheduled. The divorce was finalized on January 24, 1961. Accompanied with original transmittal envelope. In fine condition. Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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(Day 2) Lot 1193. Arthur Miller passionate love letter in which he bears his soul to his new love and future wife, Marilyn Monroe. Miller, Arthur [to Marilyn Monroe]. Incredible Five Page Typed Letter Signed, “Art”, Quarto, five pages, dated May 17, 1956, and written to “Dear Heart; My Own Wife; My Very Own Gramercy 5; Sweetheart:” Miller writes (in part):
I am enclosing a letter I got today from the first woman I ever knew in my life. My mother. Now maybe you will understand where I learned to write and to feel.
I know I am liable to get very sentimental and maudlin about this, but today is one of the most revelatory days of my life. I could write many pages even a volume, about what this letter brings to my mind. I think that had I died without ever receiving it, I should never have known some unbelievably simple but important things.
You see, Poo, I often try to tell you that you mean things to me beyond your body, beyond your spirit, beyond anything you can know about yourself, and it is hard for another person to understand what she –or he—really signifies to one who lovers her. I will try to tell you a few of the things you mean to me, and which became absolutely clear to me when I got this letter today. (I got it today, Thursday, by the way, because I was in Reno for my passport business, and picked up my mail at the post office.)
First let me say what I feared. They are very conventional people. That doesn’t mean they’re stiff—far from it. But they believe in family virtues, in wives being wives and husbands being husbands. They are not especially scandalized by infidelity, but neither do they forget that the big happiness is family happiness. Above all, they know how to love their children, and truly, if I ever needed anything they would die to get it for me. At the same time, my father could take advantage of me and my brother, if we let him, but he would do that as a father’s privilege; which sounds strange, but when he was a young man it wasn’t until he was twenty five or so that his father let him keep his own paycheck. Everything went into the family pot. It was the European way. So I rebelled in many ways against both of them and for many of the usual reasons, but the time came when I began to write successfully, when once again we were friends. I had established my independence from them; they understood it, and we created the necessary adult distance between ourselves, my parents and I, and yet a friendship of grown people, more or less…
Now I receive this letter. (All the above thoughts came as a result of receiving it.) I sat in the public square outside the post office in Reno reading it and my whole life suddenly seemed so marvelously magical. I had saved it! Darling, I had done the right, the necessary, the gloriously living thing at last! For suddenly I saw many questions answered, and many weights lifting off my heart.
It is not that I would hesitate to marry you if they disapproved. Truly, sweetheart, that was not it. It was that somewhere inside me I wanted their love to flow toward both of us because it would give me strength, and you too. It is not that they are my judges, but the first sources of my identity and my love. I know now that I could enjoy seeing my mother. She becomes a pest after too long with her, but that’s another thing. And it is not her, so much—not her corporeal, real being, but what she represents that I can now hold up instead of trampling on it. It is my own sexuality, do you see? I come to her with you, and to my father, and in effect I say—I am a lover. Look, I say, look at my sweet, beautiful, sexy wife. I can see my father’s pleasure at the sight of you—if only because he loves clothes, having been in that business all his life, and he will go mad seeing how you wear them! And if it will only be possible—I can see us with Bob and Jane and all of us joined with one another in joy. I see blue, clear air for the first time in my life when I think of myself and my wife and my children in the house of my parents…
Every time I had trouble with Mary, the worst threat she thought she could make was to go to my parents and tell them I had been unfaithful…She simply cannot conceive that my mother will accept you and my marriage, with you because you are a sexual being, and therefore I am, and parents are by their nature, in her mind, the punishers of sexuality not its helpers and allies…
Wife, Dear, Dear Woman—I have been thinking crazy thoughts. For instance, a wedding with maybe fifty people. Maybe in Roxbury, maybe somewhere else in a big house. And Bob and Jane there. And just a little bit of ceremony. Not fancy, but maybe my old friend Reverend Melish, a courageous and wonderful fighter for fine causes; or a Rabbi of similar background—I know one. Or maybe just somebody who can marry people. I want to dress up, and I want you dressed up; I want all my past looking on, even back to Moses. I want the kids to see us married, and to feel the seriousness and honorableness of our marriage, so that nothing Mary can say to them will ever make them believe we have sneaked away to do this, or that I have hidden myself and what I wanted to do. And I want this for their sakes as much as for my own pride and my joy; so that they will see their Grandma and Grandpa full of happiness—and crying too, of course. (Isn’t it strange?—I didn’t have my parents to my first marriage, which was in Cleveland. It could have been arranged, but I felt better not to have them there. That time I felt untrue, you see? This time I feel true, and if the world wanted to come I would embrace them all.)
Do you see why I say I am proud of you? You have given me back my soul, Darling. And thank god I knew it always; always and always since the hour we met, I knew there was something in you that I must have or die. And the revolution it implied for me was so much more than uprooting my household, my life; facing my own damning curse for depriving the children of my—as I thought of it then, and so on. The revolution was of another sort. It meant that I must face myself and who and what I am. It meant that I must put down those fearfully protective arms of reticence and blushing and all that stupidity, and put my arms around the one I loved and face the startling, incredible, simply glorious fact, that I am a tender man and not the fierce idiot I have tried—and failed—to become. How could you have known that, Darling? How I bless you that you knew it! I am near tears this minute at the miracle you are to me. How happy I will make you! What beautiful children I will give you! Oh, I will watch over you, and pest you, and worry about you.
I feel something today that marks it, like an anniversary, or more truly, my real day of birth. I have reached a kind of manhood I never really knew before. I tell you dear, I am afraid of nothing in this world. The soul of my talent is coming up in me as it has been these past six months, but now I feel it like bread in my hands, like a taste in my mouth. Because I am touching its source and not turning away from it anymore. Believe in me, Darling—I am certain enough of myself to tell you that. And worry nothing about yourself. You are beyond all danger with me because I love you like life itself. Truly, you are my life now.
Your husband, Art
[in Miller’s hand]
Some more ----------------
PS…If we got married before you had to leave, I could then come and live openly with you and we could maybe tour around on your free time and have some fun. The problem is the lack of time before you have to leave. I’ll be back from Michigan on the 17th. The kids, by our agreement, have to be back with Mary by the 22nd, in order to have a week’s time—(a little less)—to prepare for camp, shopping, etc. Assuming I have a divorce by June 1 or a few days after—as in now planned—we would either have to do it between June 1 and June 15th; or between June 17th and July 7th…The whole problem is to juggle the time I have with them, and the time you’ll be around to attend the ceremony. Don’t worry about it, though. I’m just warning you, however,--you’ll be the most kissed bride in history when my family is there. I’ll have to fight the bastards off. I’m going to put up a sign, “ONE KISS TO A RELATIVE!” (Don’t worry, there won’t be that many.)
How I love you. My heart aches when I think of you being so tired. But you’ll perk up here right off, dear wife. OH, AM I GOING TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU, BEGINNING WITH THE SOLES OF THE FEET AND GOING DUE NORTH, UNTIL SLU-U-U-SH!—RIGHT INTO GRAMERCY PARK!
The World’s Luckiest Man Since Adam Art
Arthur Miller was introduced to Marilyn Monroe by Elia Kazan in 1951. After the introduction, they had a brief affair to which Miller admitted to his wife, college sweetheart, Mary Slattery. Miller and Monroe were married on June 29, 1956, only days after he divorced Slattery. In this fascinating and revealing letter, Miller chronicles his deteriorating marriage and divulges deeply personal family issues. In this incredible letter, Miller lays bear issues which mirror some of the central themes his characters wrestled with in his dramas: personal and social responsibility, moral conviction, betrayal and the issues of guilt and hope.
Moderate toning, otherwise vintage very good to fine condition. Provenance: From the estate of Marilyn Monroe’s NYC attendant Mrs. Fanny Harris. With original transmittal envelope of this letter addressed to Mrs. Harris with TLS on Marilyn Monroe Productions letterhead signed by Mrs. Fanny Harris releasing Monroe of any salary claims or demands.
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

(Day 2) Lot 1194: The Misfits autograph book with cast signatures including Marilyn Monroe and others. (United Artists, 1961)
Vintage board and paper bound 40+ page 5.5 x 4 in. young girl’s autograph book. The commercially made book contains the clipped and affixed autographs of cast members of The Misfits. Including Marilyn Monroe, (2) Montgomery Clift, Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, stuntman Chuck Roberson, (2) John Huston, and 1-unidentified. Interspersed throughout the book are charming youthful entries from schoolmates and teachers. The irregularly clipped signatures by celebrities are in pen, with one of the 2 Montgomery Clift signatures on a page torn from another autograph book and folded in quarters. Exhibiting signs of age and handling. Overall in vintage very good condition.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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(Day 2) Lot 1202: Marilyn Monroe Something’s Got To Give final-draft script for her uncompleted last film. (TCF, 1962)
Vintage 143-page March 29, 1962 final-draft incomplete (as issued) “planning” script for the uncompleted project from which Marilyn was fired, partly owing to her “dereliction of duty” by leaving production to fly to New York for JFK’s birthday celebration. Bound in studio labeled cover and period brads, printed entirely on green revision paper, and marked with [illegible] cast or crew member’s name. Preface page boldly states “THIS SCRIPT SHOULD BE TREATED AS CONFIDENTIAL AND REMAIN IN THE POSSESSION OF THE PERSON TO WHOM IT HAS BEEN ISSUED.” Minor handling to cover extremities; interior remains in vintage very fine condition.
Estimate: $600 - $800
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 Objets Divers

(Day 2) Lot 990. Lucille Ball as “Marilyn Monroe” mink cuffs from I Love Lucy. (DesiLu Prod., 1951-1957)
Vintage original pink mink fur sleeve cuffs worn by Lucille Ball when she dresses up as “Marilyn Monroe” in Season 4: Episode 5, “Ricky’s Movie Offer” of I Love Lucy. The slip-on cuffs are lined with cotton mesh netting and crème-colored cloth. The fur remains full and supple. Highly visible in the glamorous ensemble seen in the episode. In vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1112. Marilyn Monroe lobby card for her first film appearance Dangerous Years. (TCF, 1948)
Vintage 11 x 14 in. portrait lobby card with the earliest appearance of Marilyn Monroe on any known movie paper. Glowing image of a fresh-faced young Marilyn as a diner waitress. Tiny trace of handling, in vintage fine to very fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600

(Day 2) Lot 1122. Marilyn Monroe vintage original “Golden Dreams” nude calendar earliest sample variant. (circa 1952)
Vintage 12 x 16.5 in. color chromo-litho calendar-salesman’s sample “Golden Dreams” of Marilyn Monroe, being the earliest known variation of the infamous Tom Kelly nude photo sessions. All known subsequent variations of the Tom Kelly/Marilyn nudes list her name with the alternating titles (“Golden Dreams” or “A New Wrinkle”), and only a handful of examples prior to her name addition are known to survive. Virtually unhandled, in vintage very fine condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500

(Day 2) Lot 1123. Marilyn Monroe vintage original censored calendar artwork variant. (circa 1952)
Vintage 9.75 x 16.5 in. calendar-salesman’s sample artwork interpretation of Tom Kelly’s “Golden Dreams” Marilyn Monroe pose, with screened-over bra and lace panties for conservative communities. Artwork is in the style of Earl Moran or Zoe Mozert, but is uncredited here. Just a trace of handling and corner creasing, in vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300

(Day 2) Lot 1124. Marilyn Monroe in revealing halter-top oversize vintage original salesman’s sample pin-up calendar. (circa 1952)
Vintage 12 x 16.5 in. color chromo-litho calendar-salesman’s sample of Marilyn Monroe, being an exceptionally rare variation in revealing halter-bra and open-sided skirt, with printing that illuminates Marilyn’s blonde hair, blue eyes, and crimson lips. Virtually unhandled, in vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300

(Day 2) Lot 1127. Marilyn Monroe lobby card #5 for The Fireball with exceptional early image in revealing sweater. (TCF, 1950)
Vintage 11 x 14 in. lobby card of Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Rooney in their Roller Derby epic. Young fresh Marilyn was asked to provide her own personal wardrobe on some of her earliest films, and this lovely form-fitting sweater makes a few appearances on her exceptional frame at this point in history. Tiny marginal tear, otherwise in vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300

(Day 2) Lot 1130. Marilyn Monroe calendar. (1952)
Vintage original 16 x 34 in. color chromo-litho calendar with complete date-pad depicting an interpretation of Tom Kelly’s “Golden Dreams” Marilyn Monroe pose, with screened-over bra and lace panties for conservative communities. Entitled here “The Lure of Lace, Posed by Marilyn Monroe In The Nude, With Lace Overprint”. Just a trace of marginal wear and slight internal creasing, in vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600

(Day 2) Lot 1137. Some Like It Hot Italian one-panel poster. (United Artists, 1959/ ca. 1970)
Italian 39 x 55 in. one-panel poster for the Billy Wilder and Marilyn Monroe comedy. Featuring Monroe and co-stars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Folded as issued. Overall vivid color in vintage, very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300

(Day 2) Lot 1149. Travilla historic vintage original costume sketch of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink satin dress for the “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend” number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (TCF, 1953)
Vintage 15 x 20 in. pencil, gouache and India ink sketch on double artist’s board of one of the most memorable and timeless gowns in film history, the pink satin strapless evening gown with matching opera gloves and poof derriere bow worn by Marilyn Monroe as “Lorelei” for the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. William Travilla’s sketch also includes copious jewelry to highlight the “Diamonds” element of the title. Signed by Travilla just below the figure, with his notation at upper right “Marilyn Monroe ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ #17”. A long clean diagonal surface-slice which bisected horizontally just below her knees has been archivally filled and retouched making it virtually undetectable, and the restorer also cleaned and enhanced the notations including light airbrushing to blank background, while leaving the sketch itself virtually untouched. One of the most spectacular original artifacts not only from the legacy of Marilyn Monroe, but from the entire artistic span of the silver screen. In vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1153. Marilyn Monroe screen-used water pitcher from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (TCF, 1953)
Vintage “R.Wallace” silver-plate 3-pint water pitcher 8 x 8.5 x 4.5 in., screen-used by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Prominently handled by the lovely ladies when they entrap Elliott Reid in their cabin and pour water from this pitcher all over his pants in order to get them off him expeditiously. Engraved on side as an original artifact “U.S.N.” with Navy anchor and rope symbol, plus engraved on bottom by Fox properties dept. “32-2-21422 20th-C-Fox”. In vintage screen-used fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300
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(Day 2) Lot 1154. Marilyn Monroe 1-sheet poster for How To Marry a Millionaire. (TCF, 1953)
Vintage U.S. 27 x 41 in. poster for one of the very first wide-format Cinemascope films. An overt attempt to liven up the film-going experience against the onslaught of TV. Pleasing artwork of the three “golddiggers” Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable. A curious footnote here is that TCF had been grooming Marilyn specifically to replace Grable, who had been their #1 stable star over the prior decade. Japan-paper backed without retouching to folds, consequently in vintage very good condition.
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

(Day 2) Lot 1156. Marilyn Monroe screen-used table from How to Marry a Millionaire. (TCF, 1953)
Vintage metal and acrylic table 29 x 18 in. screen-used by Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable. Most prominently viewed (with its matching twin, not offered here) as all three girls meet to compare “millionaire date” notes in the powder room of the swanky restaurant where they have their first official dates. A period copy/translation of famous designer Andre Arbus’s late art-deco tables “Paire de Gueridons”. Painted silver over its original gold/bronze color for re-purposing in Young Frankenstein (TCF, 1974) in which it is quite prominently viewed (once again with its now-absent twin) at end of film in Madeline Kahn’s bedroom. Beneath the silver paint is barely visible the property dept.’s “20th-C-Fox-32-1-22278”. In vintage screen-used very good condition.
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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(Day 2) Lot 1157. Marilyn Monroe screen-used (3) table lamp bases from How to Marry a Millionaire. (TCF, 1953)
Vintage (3) glass with metal fixture 10 x 4.25 in. table-lamp bases, screen-used by Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable. Most prominently viewed at each table of the swanky restaurant as all three girls have their first official dates, Marilyn with Alex D’Arcy, Betty with Fred Clark, and Lauren with William Powell. Etched in base by the Fox property dept. “20th-C-Fox-32-1-25416” followed variously by “V”, “F,” and “N”. Each retains what appears to be its original wiring and lamp-socket, though circuitry not tested. In vintage screen-used fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600
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(Day 2) Lot 1170. The Seven Year Itch 3-sheet poster. (TCF, 1955)
Vintage 41 x 78.5 in. U.S. 3-sheet poster. Arguably the best poster for Marilyn Monroe’s most popular film, as it comes closest to a life-size depiction of the iconic subway skirt-blowing scene, one of the most famous in all Hollywood history. Linen-backed with older simple retouching to folds and creases; would benefit greatly from a fresh restoration, though is certainly presentable as is. In vintage good to very good condition.
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

(Day 2) Lot 1175. Marilyn Monroe screen-used Lamp from Richard Sherman’s apartment in The Seven Year Itch. (TCF, 1955)
Vintage carved wood with metal fixture 31 x 7.25 in. table-lamp base, screen-used by Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. Carved as a classical Roman male bust, it is most prominently viewed (with its female counterpart, not offered here) in Tom Ewell “Richard Sherman’s” apartment, which is where nearly the entire course of action between Marilyn and Ewell takes place. Etched in rear of base by the Fox property dept. “20th-C-Fox-8-36588” then later on bottom of base for the 1971 Sotheby’s sale, “TCF 1200”. Retains what appears to be its original wiring and lamp-socket, though circuitry not tested. In vintage screen-used fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300 
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(Day 2) Lot 1176. The Seven Year Itch German A1 poster. (TCF, 1955/ R-1966)
Vintage original 23 x 32 in. German A-1 one-sheet poster for the Marilyn Monroe comedy. Featuring the central image of Monroe done in colorful pop-art style after Andy Warhol. Folded as issued. Exhibiting minor corner bumping and wrinkling from storage. In overall, very good condition.
Estimate: $300 - $500

(Day 2) Lot 1177. Marilyn Monroe uncommonly scarce vintage original “Topless Cowgirl” pin-up calendar. (1948/1955)
Vintage 8.25 x 12.25 in. 4-page chromo-litho spiral-bound cheesecake pinup calendar of Marilyn Monroe in (3) highly suggestive topless cowgirl poses, plus the familiar Tom Kelly “Golden Dreams” nude pose with lace overlay. The cowgirl poses are variously titled “Southern Exposure” (a rear-view), “Caught Short” (arms wrapped round her chest) and “Coming Out On Top”. An extraordinarily scarce artifact from Marilyn’s naughty history, especially being intact with all four pages (each of which displays three months of 1955). Two spiral loops broken with a trace of wear at perforations, otherwise in vintage fine to very fine condition.
Estimate: $600 - $800
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(Day 2) Lot 1181. Marilyn Monroe Bus Stop 1-sheet poster. (TCF, 1956)
Vintage original U.S. 27 x 41 in. 1-sheet poster. Linen-backed, in vintage very fine condition.
Estimate: $400 - $600

(Day 2) Lot 1184. Bus Stop French grande 1-sheet poster. (TCF, 1956/R-1980s)
French 47 x 63 in. grande-format poster for the circa 1980s reissue poster for the Marilyn Monroe classic drama. Folded as issued. Minor, nearly undetectable age. Vivid colors. In overall very fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300

(Day 2) Lot 1186. The Prince and the Showgirl vintage original painting of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier by Francis R. Flint. (Warner Bros., 1957)
Vintage 20 x 30 in. oil or acrylic on canvas painting of Marilyn Monroe joining Laurence Olivier. Executed at the time of the film’s production by Francis Russell Flint, the son of famed illustrator Russell Flint, who is a respected and collected artist in his own right. Acquired from the artist’s estate, and retains his pencil-inscribed title on stretcher-bar verso “Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier in ‘The Sleeping Prince’” (the film’s early working title, hence evidence documenting this painting’s early status). Also shows artist’s London address notations on stretcher bar verso, with framing notes. In vintage very fine condition.
Estimate: $600 - $800

(Day 2) Lot 1199: Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits approx. 48 minutes of unseen 8mm footage sold with copyright. (UA, 1961)
Original unpublished approx. 48 minutes of color 8mm documentary film footage captured throughout the entire location shoot for Marilyn Monroe’s final [completed] film, The Misfits. Shot by uncredited extra Stanley Killar (with help from an assistant, as Killar appears occasionally on camera interacting with the cast and crew). Killar and his camera were clearly accepted with full access, judging from the intimacy of the hand-held camera with Marilyn, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, John Huston, and others. Filming begins in Reno on the casino strip filled with flashing neon signs, and around the “Mapes Hotel and Casino” which was official headquarters for the production while on location. Includes Marilyn first in the legendary cherry dress, truly radiant, then throughout the footage in a few different outfits preparing for and rehearsing scenes like the courthouse (consulting with her coach Paula Strasberg), the rodeo and the tavern; Gable riding horses, practicing roping with a lasso, getting in and out of his beautiful personal Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, rehearsing the drunken tavern scene with Marilyn, and much more, and nearly always with cigarette in holder; real stunt cowboys rehearsing the bull-riding and bulldogging scenes (at obvious great peril) as doubles for Montgomery Clift, who we then see practicing falls as inserts into the filmed stunt action (his nose injury seen in the film was genuine from earlier rodeo rehearsing); and numerous shots of director John Huston and his camera crew at work, and near the end, at play in the Virginia City, Nevada camel races. Also includes occasional shots of Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, producer Frank Taylor, Arthur Miller, and other cast and crew. The Misfits is widely considered Marilyn’s finest dramatic acting role, as well as being one of the best for both Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. Reasonably professional (at least to a certain degree) in nature and shot from start to finish as a sequential “film in production” documentation, with apparent working title On Sets: The Misfits. To the best of our knowledge, this footage has not been previously published or broadcast (apart from its acquisition at auction from Killar’s heirs in 2008), and is offered here with full rights and assignment of copyright to its entire content. The original 8mm film stock has been properly transferred to (2) 7 in. reels in the process of recording its entire contents onto (2) different types of DVDs, while the original metal reels and cardboard Bell & Howell boxes are retained for posterity. Film stock itself is not inspected off the reels for condition, but no problems are apparent from viewing the DVD transfer. An extraordinary and absolutely unique previously missing puzzle piece in the brief, convoluted history of Marilyn Monroe on and off screen. In vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1206: (2) books from the personal property of Marilyn Monroe. (1947, 1957)
Vintage (2) 8vo cloth-bound self-help/ psychology books from the personal library of Marilyn Monroe, with Christie’s “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe” auction special bookplates. Entitled Hypnotism Today by L. M. Le Cron and J. Bordeaux, and The Tower and the Abyss by Erich Kahler, both retain original dust-wrappers, and one of which exhibits a pencil notation presumed in Marilyn’s hand, “The conditioning has in some cases created a new, independent quantity—The person, who proceeds to condition himself.” Dust-wrappers chipped and stained, otherwise books themselves are in vintage fine condition.
Estimate: $800 - $1,200

(Day 2) Lot 1207: (2) books from the personal property of Marilyn Monroe including Joseph Campbell’s The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology. (1948, 1959)
Vintage (2) 8vo cloth-bound self-help/ mythology books from the personal library of Marilyn Monroe, with Christie’s “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe” auction special bookplates. Entitled The Open Self by Charles Morris and The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology by Joseph Campbell, the latter retaining original dust-wrapper and exhibiting a pencil notation presumed in Marilyn’s hand, “x: After all, what are you [I] here for but pleasure. But is it pleasure. When the actress is kissed and feels the warm breath of her lover on her neck—can you feel it? No. It is not pleasure you’ll find here but it’s as if it were. We are [pretending?] it is our pleasure. The real pleasure you can only take at home, when tonight [illegible] in your bed.” Dust-wrapper shows only a trace of marginal handling, otherwise books themselves are in vintage very good to fine condition.
Estimate: $800 - $1,200 
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(Day 2): Lot 1208: Marilyn Monroe extensive vintage original (40+) press file including obituaries. (1961-1965)
Vintage (40+) news clippings and full sections encompassing the last year of Marilyn Monroe’s troubled life, her obituaries, plus revelations and theories to follow. A treasure trove of information contemporaneous to the time of her questionable death, including a magazine article blaming (without naming) JFK. In vintage aged, archived condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300
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(Day 2) Lot 1209: Marilyn Monroe (8) half-sheet posters including Dangerous Years, Bus Stop, River of No Return and others. (Various, 1948-1960)
Vintage (8) U.S. 22 x 28 in. half-sheet posters for films featuring Marilyn Monroe throughout the entire span of her career, including Dangerous Years, Home Town Story, Let’s Make it Legal, Monkey Business, Clash by Night, River of No Return, Bus Stop, and Let’s Make Love. Each is card-stock paper-backed to correct folds, marginal losses, or other wear, though none shows extensive repair much beyond marginal and fold retouching. Overall in vintage very good condition.
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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lot1209-H3257-L78857810 lot1209-H3257-L78857814 lot1209-H3257-L78857818  

(Day 2) Lot 1210: Marilyn Japanese “B2” poster. (TCF, 1963)
Japanese 20 x 28 in. “B2” poster for the post-mortem documentary by Fox to capitalize on the Marilyn cult sweeping the world after her untimely death. Highlighted by the climactic moment in the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” number. Unfolded, in vintage very fine condition.
Estimate: $200 - $300


(Day 2) Lot 1211: Andy Warhol signed “Marilyn” Castelli Gallery invitation. (1981)
Vintage original invitation to the Castelli Gallery’s Andy Warhol print retrospective (1963-1981). The 12 x 12 in. colorful invitation with Warhol’s iconic original “Marilyn” silkscreen print (1967). On the occasion of her death in 1962, Warhol chose the Gene Korman publicity photo of Monroe as “Rose Loomis” from the film Niagara as the basis for his instantly recognizable Pop Art treatment of the Hollywood sex symbol. Featuring printed red text on hot pink background in the lower left and right corner reading, “Andy Warhol” and “Castelli Graphics”. The legendary artist has signed boldly, in black pen, “Andy Warhol” vertically, to the left of the image. Show information, gallery address, November 21 through December 22, 1981 date and original print info: “Illustrated: Marilyn, 1967, silkscreen, 36 x 36 inches, edition of 250, published by Factory Additions” on the verso. With very minor signs of age. In vintage, very fine condition.
Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

(Day 2) Lot 1212: 20th Century Fox “Marilyn Monroe” CineSimplex Model D Camera #6.
The CineSimplex Model D was truly built as a better choice than the heavily-blimped Mitchell cameras at other studios. It was extremely light. Indeed, the camera was so revolutionary that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded it a Class One Technical Academy Award. The camera cost $140,000 to build in 1940, a time when a Mitchell could be purchased for $15,000! Of the 17 CineSimplex Model D cameras designed and built for 20th Century Fox, only six still exist today. This #6 camera is the only example with its complete set of Bausch & Lomb Baltar lenses (25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 75 and 100mm) built specifically for this camera, matched to be optically perfect. Of particular importance, this #6 camera photographed more Marilyn Monroe films than any other, including, How To Marry A Millionaire, Let’s Make Love, Bus Stop, River of No Return, Monkey Business, and her last film Something’s Got To Give. 20th Century Fox assigned cameras to specific Directors of Photography. This #6 camera was assigned to Charles G. Clarke, ASC by the studio. Mr. Clarke’s camera was the very first used to photograph in CinemaScope. All tests for the new process were done with #6 and it worked with Leon Shamroy’s camera on The Robe. Comes with Mitchell head and wooden tripod with spreader, 20th Century Fox wooden lens box, (1) Bausch & Lomb CinemaScope lens and wooden case full of camera accessories with “Hugh Crawford Camera” (Clarke’s assistant’s) name painted on the lid. Comes with a letter of provenance from Roy H. Wagner, ASC. From the collection of Debbie Reynolds.
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
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(Day 2) Lot 1220All About Eve screen-used prop “Sarah Siddons” award.
 (TCF, 1950) Vintage original gold-lacquered cast acrylic 5.5 x 5.5 in. sculpture of 18th Century actress Sarah Siddons (based upon Sir Joshua Reynolds 1784 portrait of her as “The Tragic Muse”) which is a key integral plot element in the Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and Marilyn Monroe classic film of backstage imbroglios. On 3.5 x 5.75 in. black-painted wooden base. Bette Davis as “Margo Channing” portrays the consummate stage actress and object of idolatry and envy in newcomer Anne Baxter as “Eve Harrington”, who manipulates Channing in order to usurp her crown as queen of the theatre, with the “Sarah Siddons” award being the badge of that distinction. This is one of the most recognized and revered “award” props ever featured in any film, not only from its importance in the story, but even more so from the continually growing fame and respect this extraordinary film garners. One of only three Sarah Siddons Award props visible during the ceremony, the statues are not only the object of specific attention through the opening sequence but one is then visible prominently throughout the film displayed on Margo Channing’s mantle. Years of storage have left the figure bereft only of its hands, with just a few tiny paint chips and bumps to figure and base, which is also missing the name placard. A truly fantastic, indelible icon from the golden-age of Hollywood. In vintage very good condition.
Estimate price: $4,000 - $6,000
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16 août 2015

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield
(1933 - 1967)

actrice et sex-symbol américaine
Surnommée "Working's Man Monroe", "Marilyn King Sized"


 jayne-1940s-teenager-1-1 Jayne Mansfield naît le 19 avril 1933 sous le nom de Vera Jayne Palmer à Bryn Mawr (en Pennsylvanie) dans une famille bourgeoise. Elle est la fille unique de Herbert William Palmer (1904–1936), avocat, et de Vera (Jeffrey) Palmer (1903–2000) aux origines allemandes et anglaises et dont les parents avaient fait fortune dans l'industrie de l'ardoise. Jayne passe sa petite enfance à Phillipsburg (dans le New Jersey) où son père est l'avocat de Robert B. Meyner, futur gouverneur du New Jersey. En 1936, alors que Jayne n'a que trois ans, son père décède d'une attaque cardiaque pendant qu'il conduisait sa voiture avec sa femme et Jayne en passagères. Se retrouvant veuve, sa mère travaille comme professeur et se remarrie en 1939 avec Harry Lawrence Peers, un ingénieur commercial. La famille démènage à Dallas (au Texas) et Jayne prend le nom de Vera Jayne Peers.
Dès son plus jeune âge, Jayne rêve d'Hollywood et admire l'enfant star Shirley Temple, elle dira plus tard: «Je dévorais les magazines de cinéma. Et je voulais être une nouvelle Lana Turner.» A l'âge de 12 ans, elle prend des leçons de danse de salon; et au lycée, elle suit des cours de piano, de violon et d'alto. Elle étudie aussi l'espagnol et l'allemand et obtient d'excellentes notes à ses diplômes, particulièrement en mathématiques.
C'est à l'âge de 13 ans -en 1946- qu'elle aurait subi des attouchements d'un de ses professeurs.

jayne-1950-with_jayne_marie-2 A l'âge de 17 ans, en 1950, Jayne obtient son diplôme du lycée Highland Park HighSchool et, découvrant qu'elle est enceinte, elle s'enfuit pour se marier en secret le 28 janvier 1950 à Paul James Mansfield (un étudiant de 21 ans qu'elle a rencontré à une fête de Noël 1949; il travaillera plus tard dans les relations publiques). Ils organisent un mariage public et officiel le 10 mai 1950 à Fort Worth au Texas; leur fille, Jayne Marie Mansfield, naît le 8 novembre 1950 (cette dernière apparaîtra dans Playboy en 1976) (voir photo ci-contre). Les époux fréquentent l'université methodiste où ils étudient l'art dramatique, emmenant parfois à leur cours leur fille, manquant de finances pour faire garder l'enfant. C'est aussi l'année de sa première apparition à l'écran: elle tient un tout petit rôle dans un film de série B "Prehistoric Women" (nommé aussi "The Virgin Goddess").

jayne-1950s En 1951, ils emmènagent à Austin, au Texas, où Jayne étudie l'art dramatique à l'université d'Austin. Durant cette période, elle enchaîne divers petits boulots: elle pose comme modèle nue pour des étudiants en art, vend des livres en faisant du porte à porte et travaille comme réceptionniste le soir dans un studio de danse. Elle pose une fois nue pour un photographe de Dallas. Elle gagne aussi quelques concours de beauté et se teint les cheveux en blonde: elle est 'Miss Photoflash', 'Miss Magnesium Lamp', 'Miss Blues Bonnet of Austin', 'Miss Texas Tomato' et 'Miss de la semaine de prévention des incendies' ! Elle intègre ensuite le Curtain Club (un club théâtral populaire de l'université), rejoint le Austin Civic Theater, et apparaît dans de petites productions théâtrales locales (dans les pièces The Slaves of Demon Rum, Ten Nights in a Barroom et Anything Goes). En 1952, elle retourne à Dallas quelques mois et devient l'élève de l'acteur et professeur d'art dramatique Baruch Lumet (le père du futur réalisateur Sidney Lumet), très impressionné par le potentiel de Jayne, il lui donne gratuitement des cours et la dirige le 22 octobre 1953 dans la pièce d'Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, avec la troupe Knox Street Theater, ce qui lui vaut de se faire remarquer par la Paramount qui lui propose une audition. Lumet va l'aider à préparer le casting.
Puis, la famille part pour un an au Camp Gordon (en Georgie) où Paul est réserviste pour la guerre de Corée; ils se produisent ensemble dans la pièce Anything Goes. Jayne étudie alors le théâtre et la psychologie à l'université de Géorgie pendant que Paul est en Corée. A la base, Jayne fait des étirements sur la pelouse et se rend à la piscine en bikini de velours rouge. Au retour de Paul, elle le supplie d'aller vivre dans la cité du cinéma: Los Angeles.

jayne mansfield-1954 En 1954, la petite famille (et leurs nombreux animaux: un grand danois, deux chihuahuas, un caniche teint en rose, trois chats et un lapin) s'installent dans un petit appartement de Los Angeles où Jayne étudie l'art théâtral à l'universite d'UCLA pendant l'été (laissant sa fille Jayne Marie chez sa mère). Quand Paul repart pour la Corée, elle devient la maîtresse de son voisin, l'acteur Steve Cochran. Elle gagne la première étape du concours de Miss California, ayant caché son statut marital, puis se retire du concours; elle obtient aussi son premier rôle au cinéma, dans le film à petit budget "Female Jungle", dont le tournage a été bouclé en une dizaine de jours et pour lequel Jayne a gagné 150 $; pour ensuite finir le reste de l'année à l'université méthodiste du Texas afin de valider son diplôme. Elle continue à enchaîner les jobs: vendeuse de pop-corn dans un théâtre, elle donne des cours de danse, travaille dans une usine à chapeaux; elle est aussi vendeuse de bonbons dans un cinéma (où elle tape dans l'oeil d'un producteur de télé), pose comme modèle dans l'agence Blue Book (où Marilyn Monroe fit ses débuts) et est même photographe dans un restaurant huppé (le "Esther Williams' Trails Restaurant") où elle gagne 6 $ plus 10% de ses ventes chaque soir, à photographier de grands patrons. Et elle continue à remporter de nombreux prix de beautés, dont certains demeurent étranges: 'Gas Station Queen', 'Cherry Blossom Queen', 'Nylon Sweater Queen', 'Hot Dog Ambassador', 'Miss Analgesin', 'Miss Third Platoon', 'Miss Direct Mail', 'Miss Electric Switch', 'Miss Fill-er-up', 'Miss Negligee', 'Miss One for the Road',' Miss Freeway', 'Hot Dog Ambassador', 'Miss Geiger Counter', 'Best Dressed Woman of Theater', 'Miss 100% Pure Maple Syrup', 'Miss Tomato', 'Miss Potato Soup', 'Miss July Fourth', 'Miss Standard Foods', 'Miss Orchid', 'Miss Lobster', 'Miss United Dairies' et 'Miss Chihuahua Show'. Le seul titre qu'elle refuse est celui de 'Miss au fromage de Roquefort', car elle dit "que ça ne sonne pas très bien".

jayne_earl_moran-1956 Paradoxalement, elle ne parvient pas à percer en tant que mannequin, à cause de son physique jugé bien trop sexy pour l'époque (ses 117 cm de tour de poitrine ne faisaient pas parti des "critères" de beauté dictés par la mode de l'époque; elle est surnommée le "sablier" en référence à ses courbes; ses mensurations sont de 102-53-91 cm pour 1,68 m -1,73 m selon l'autopsie).
Elle perd ainsi des contrats publicitaires (Emmeline Snively de l'agence Blue Book l'avait dirigée vers le photographe Gene Lester qui était chargé de la campagne General Electric qui représentait de jeunes femmes en maillot de bain se relaxant autour d'une piscine).
C'est alors qu'elle se tourne vers le cinéma et passe de nombreuses auditions pour Paramount Pictures, Columbia, Twentieth Century Fox et Warner Brothers. Elle auditionnera d'ailleurs pour un rôle dans le film "The Seven Year Itch" ("Sept ans de réflexion", dans lequel Marilyn Monroe tient le rôle principal), pour "Rebel without a cause" ("La fureur de vivre") et pour "Jeanne D'arc" (un projet de la Paramount qui n'aboutira pas). Elle obtient son premier rôle au Lux Video Theatre, une série de CBS (dans l'épisode "An Angel Went AWOL", du 21 octobre 1954), où elle gagne 300 $ pour jouer au piano et prononcer quelques lignes de dialogues. En décembre 1954 -à la veille de Noël- elle frappe à la porte du manager et publicitaire James Byron pour qu'il la prenne en charge. Le crédo de Jayne est d'abord de devenir célèbre, et d'être une actrice en second lieu. Il s'occupera de sa carrière jusqu'à la fin de l'année 1961, assisté d'une équipe: William Shiffrin (agent de presse), Greg Bautzer (avocat) et Charles Goldring (business manager).

En janvier 1955, Jayne va capter l'attention des médias et d'Hollywood en laissant tomber le haut de son maillot de bain rouge (prêté par son ami le photographe Peter Gowland) en plongeant dans la piscine d'un banquet organisé à Silver Springs en Floride pour la sortie du film Underwater ! avec Jane Russel. Le coup publicitaire marche tellement bien (avec une publication dans le magazine Variety du 12 janvier 1955), qu'elle va réitérer l'expérience le 8 juin de la même année, en laissant tomber sa robe jusqu'à sa taille deux fois dans la même soirée (à une première de film et dans un nightclub).
jayne-1955-02-playboy-playmate-by_hal_adams-2b  En février 1955, elle est 'Miss Playboy' pour le magazine Playboy (voir photo ci-contre); les photos de Jayne en pyjama rose vont non seulement booster les ventes du magazine, mais aussi donner un coup de pouce à sa carrière. Elle sera l'une des Playmates préférées du magazine qui publiera des photos de Jayne tous les mois de février de 1955 à 1958, et en 1960.
C'est aussi en février 1955 que James Byron lui négocie un contrat de sept ans avec la Warner Bros, qui était plutôt intrigué par ses pitreries en public, et qui la paie 250 $ la semaine pour les films "Pete Kelly's Blues" ("Le Gang du Blues", 1955), "Hell on Frisco Bay" ("Colère noire", 1955), "Illegal" ("Le témoin à abattre", 1955, où elle chante "Too Marvelous for Words") et "The Burglar" ("Le Cambrioleur", qui sortira sur les écrans deux après, en 1957). Insatisfaite de son contrat avec la Warner, elle parvient à le rompre, avec l'aide de l'avocat Greg Bautzer.

LIFE-1955-11-21 Le 21 novembre 1955, elle figure, parmi d'autres actrices de Broadway (dont Susan Strasberg), en couverture du célèbre et populaire magazine américain LIFE (voir photo ci-contre) photographiées par Alfred Eisenstaedt.
En janvier 1955, Jayne et Paul Mansfield se séparent: trop de divergences dans le couple dû à l'ambition de carrière et les infidélités de Jayne (et ses nombreux animaux). En août 1956, Paul réclame la garde de leur fille, affirmant que Jayne est une mère indigne en posant nue pour Playboy. Jayne demande le divorce de Paul en Californie le 21 octobre 1956 et Paul en fait la demande au Texas le 16 mars 1957 pour cruauté mentale. Ils signeront le divorce définitif le 8 janvier 1958. Après le divorce, Jayne décide de conserver le nom de "Mansfield" comme nom d'artiste.
Elle fréquente le réalisateur Nicholas Ray, l'acteur et compositeur George Jessel et le pilote Robby Robertson.

jayne_will_success Son agent William Shiffrin parvient à lui faire décrocher le rôle principal dans une pièce de George Axelrod à Broadway, celui du rôle d'une star de ciné Rita Marlowe, une sorte de Marilyn Monroe caricaturale dans "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter ?" avec Orson Bean et Walter Matthau (voir photo ci-contre). Il s'agit de sa première grande performance sur scène, receuillant l'attention des critiques (pas toujours positives; elle obtiendra tout de même le prix de "l'actrice la plus prometteuse" aux Theatre World Award), et la popularité auprès du public (sa tenue en serviette de bain sur scène fera sensation). Brooks Atkinson du New York Times décrit "l'abandon louable" de son interprétation légèrement vêtue de Rita Marlowe dans la pièce telle "une sirène de cinéma blonde platine aux contours ondulés à la Marilyn Monroe".
Le 3 mai 1956, Jayne fait son grand retour à Hollywood (portant un manteau de vison à 20 000 $). La Twentieth Century-Fox lui signe un contrat de six ans, espérant ainsi remplacer leur star Marilyn Monroe, qui leur pose quelques problèmes. Jayne, qui sera alors une concurrente à Marilyn, sera surnommée la "Working Man's Monroe" ("La Marilyn Monroe des ouvriers").

1956-the girl cant help it  Son premier rôle pour la Fox est celui de Jerri Jordan pour le film de Frank Tashlin "The Girl Can't Help It" ("La blonde et moi") avec Tom Ewell (l'inoubliable partenaire de Marilyn dans "Sept ans de réflexion" - voir photo ci-contre) et dans lequel elle chante deux chansons ("Ev'rytime" et "Rock Around the Rock Pile"). Le film, qui réunit un casting important de stars du rock (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, The Platters et Little Richard) remporte un vif succés critique et auprès du public. La Fox rachète pour 100 000 $ le contrat que Jayne avait signé à Broadway (elle continuait en parallèle à se produire sur les planches) et stoppe ainsi la représentation de Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter ? après 444 représentations. 
jayne-portrait-1950s-02-13 La Fox fait savoir aux médias que Jayne est la "Marilyn Monroe king-sized", afin d'effrayer Marilyn pour qu'elle revienne honorer son contrat aux studios. Le personnage que Jayne s'est construite sera désormais sa marque de fabrique: une blonde stupide, au déhanché chaloupé, parlant d'une voix de bébé essoufflé en poussant de petits cris stridants. Sa carrière médiatique est lancée: elle sera en photos dans près de 2 500 journaux et magazines et 122 000 lignes d'articles sont écrits sur elle entre septembre 1956 et mai 1957.
  En 1956, elle participe au grand show télé de la NBC, la série "Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor"; et est l'invité vedette du show prestigieux "The Jack Benny Show" (où elle y joue du violon).
  Le 13 mai 1956, elle rencontre Mickey Hargitay (acteur et bodybuilder d'origine hongroise qui a remporté le titre de "Monsieur Univers" en 1955) au Latin Quarter à New York; il figure parmi les accompagnateurs du show de Mae West. Jayne tombe immédiatement amoureuse, ce qui provoque une dispute avec Mae West et Mickey de se faire frapper par le bodyguard de Miss West, Chuck Krauser (Monsieur California).

jayne-1957-12-04-beverly_hills-romanoffs-with_sophia_loren-4  Le 12 avril 1957, Jayne va parvenir à lancer un grand coup médiatique qui restera dans les annales: la Fox a organisé une grande soirée au restaurant Romanoff's de Beverly Hills en l'honneur de la venue de l'italienne Sophia Loren. Jayne va faire son apparition au cours de la soirée, portant une robe au décolleté très provoquant, la poitrine quasiment à l'air. Une photographie (voir photo ci-contre) va être prise montrant Sophia Loren lançant un regard dédaigneux dans le décolleté de la blonde et souriante Jayne. La photographie va faire le tour du monde et reste encore aujourd'hui une image culte.
En mai 1957, d'anciennes photos de nues d'elle posant pour des calendriers refont surface dans la presse.

jayne-1957-the_wayward_bus  Jayne joue ensuite un rôle à contre-emploi dans l'adaptation du roman de John Steinbeck, "The Wayward Bus" ("Les naufragés de l'autocar", 1957) avec Joan Collins (voir photo ci-contre). Elle tente de s'écarter de l'image de la blonde sexy et de s'établir en actrice sérieuse. Le film rencontre un petit succés et Jayne remporte le prix du Golden Globe de la 'Nouvelle Star de l'année" en 1957 face à Carroll Baker et Natalie Wood.
Puis elle tourne à nouveau sous la réalisation de Frank Tashlin, pour l'adaptation de la pièce qui l'a révélée "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter ?" ("La Blonde Explosive") reprenant son rôle de Rita Marlowe, avec Tony Randall et Joan Blondell; Jayne parvient même à faire obtenir un petit rôle à son chéri, Mickey Hargitay. La Fox lance leur nouvelle star en lui faisant faire un tour d'Europe de 16 pays pendant 45 jours (du 25 septembre au 6 novembre 1957) pour promouvoir le film. Elle assiste à la première du film à Londres, récite du Shakespeare (Hamlet), joue du piano et du violon à la télévision britannique et elle est même présentée à la Reine d'Angleterre. A Rome, elle succombe aux charmes du Duc italien Amoalli.

> reportage et interview de Jayne en France (1957)

jayne-1957-studio-satin_and_fur-011-2   En mai 1957, elle est l'invité vedette du "Ed Sullivan Show" où elle joue du violon accompagnée de six musiciens, elle dira après l'émission: "Maintenant, je suis vraiment nationale. Maman et tout Dallas ont vu le Ed Sullivan show !"; en août 1957, elle est invitée au grand show de la télé américaine "What's My Line ?" (elle y reparticipera en 1964 et en 1966) et en novembre 1957, elle est représentée dans un épisode de "The Perry Como Show" qui va faire des records d'audience sur NBC. Elle tourne avec Cary Grant dans "Kiss Them for Me" ("Embrasse-la pour moi", 1957) qui sera un flop au box-office.
En fin d'année 1957, c'est accompagnée de Mickey Hargitay qu'elle fait une tournée de 13 jours -le "Christmas USO Tour"- avec Bob Hope à travers tous les lieux du Pacifique où est postée l'armée américaine: Hawaii, Okinawa, Guam, Tokyo et la Corée. Elle sera l'invitée dans trois émissions du "Bob Hope Show". En novembre 1957, elle achète une grande demeure de style espagnol de 40 pièces, qu'elle nomme son "Pink Palace" à Los Angeles  et où elle y recevra de nombreux photographes pour se mettre en scène avec son mari et ses enfants. Sa maison va alors devenir aussi célèbre que ses propriétaires: la décoration est ostentatoire (moquettes et tapisseries en fourrure jusque dans la salle de bain), de couleur rose (sa couleur préférée: cadillac et chihuahas teints en rose) avec des coeurs partout (lit, baignoire, cheminée, piscine). Les travaux -bien que Mickey, ancien plombier et charpentier, s'occupe de la construction de la piscine- et l'entretien ont un coût. En 1958, Jayne hérite de ses grands-parents maternels d'une somme assez conséquente (126 000 $). D'ailleurs, dès 1958, elle monnaye ses apparitions, notamment télévisuelles, se faisant payer 20 000 $ par participation dans un show TV. Elle revend aussi l'eau de son bain pour 10 $ la bouteille.

1958-wedding_mickey  Mickey Hargitay demande Jayne en mariage le 6 novembre 1957, lui offrant une bague de diamants de 10 carats à 5 000 $; le mariage est célébré le 13 janvier 1958 (soit cinq jours après son divorce officiel d'avec Paul Mansfield - voir photo ci-contre) à la Chapelle Wayfarers à Rancho Palos Verdes en Californie: le lieu n'est pas anodin, la chapelle est en verre et permet ainsi au couple d'être vu du public et surtout, des journalistes. Jayne porte une robe en dentelle de rubans roses, une robe prêtée par la Fox. Le couple part ensuite en Floride pour leur lune de miel.
Le couple semble avoir les mêmes ambitions: ils vont se mettre en scène, construisant des coups publicitaires populaires et vont devenir des partenaires dans le business: «Il est si beau et si fort, dit Jayne. Et au lit, il est tellement bon !». Ils sont un couple à la scène (dans des shows, dans les films, à la télévision) comme à la ville (posant avec bonheur pour les photographes chez eux et se montrant publiquement partout aux soirées hollywoodiennes) et dans les affaires (ils ont monté ensemble plusieurs sociétés de holdings: 'the Hargitay Exercise Equipment Company', 'Jayne Mansfield Productions', et 'Eastland Savings and Loan').

1956-10-jayne_66 En février 1958, Jayne et Mickey Hargitay signent un contrat de quatre semaines (qui va s'étendre à huit semaines) au club Tropicana de Las Vegas où Jayne propose une revue de striptease sous le nom de Trixie Divoon dans "The Tropicana Holiday". Les bénéfices de la soirée d'ouverture (20 000 $) sont reversés à l'association caritative de March of Dimes. Jayne perçoit 25 000 $ par semaine (alors que son contrat avec la Fox ne lui verse "que" 2 500 $ la semaine), avec une assurance d'un million de dollars au cas où Mickey chuterait quand il la porte: en effet, leur numéro le plus populaire et qui fera la gloire du couple, est le porté de Jayne par Mickey (voir photo ci-contre), qui la fait tournoyer en cercle autour de sa taille, tous deux vêtus de maillots en léopards !
En mai 1958, elle participe au Festival de Cannes en France avec Mickey Hargitay; elle est interviewée par François Chalais dans l'émission "Reflets de Cannes" et où elle reproduit son petit gloussement sensuel qui a participé à la naissance de son mythe. Elle reste en Europe et passe le reste de l'été 1958 entre Londres et L'Espagne pour le tournage du western "The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw" ("La blonde et le shérif", sorti en 1959) et dans lequel Jayne chante trois chansons (l'une d'entre elles est doublée par Connie Francis). Le film sera son dernier grand succès au box-office.

jm-1 Les studios, qui veulent surtout mettre en avant sa plastique, la cantonnent à des personnages caricaturaux qui lui valent les surnoms de «Blonde explosive» ou «le Buste». Et malgré la publicité perpétuelle autour de son physique et dont participe avec bonheur Jayne, sa carrière va peu à peu décliner et après 1959, elle ne parvient plus à obtenir des rôles de qualité. Surtout, elle n'est plus assez disponible pour la Fox, à cause de ses grossesses successives (elle est par exemple contrainte de refuser un rôle dans la comédie romantique "Bell, Book and Candle" (1958) aux côtés de James Stewart et Jack Lemmon, car elle est enceinte). Et sa réputation la précède, elle est boudée par certains acteurs: quand la Fox lui offre un rôle dans "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys !" avec Paul Newman, l'acteur s'oppose à l'engagement de Jayne, qui sera remplacée par Joan Collins. La Fox la "prête" alors à des productions étrangères (anglaises et italiennes) jusqu'à la fin de son contrat en 1962 et Jayne se retrouve alors à l'affiche de films à petits budgets sans grand intérêt.
Même certains médias se lassent de ses apparitions en bikini où Jayne ondule le ventre et finit toujours par faire tomber le haut du maillot, comme le haut de ses robes de soirée. A cause de ces "accidents" en public, même Richard Blackwell, son couturier attitré, va finir par ne plus vouloir travailler avec Jayne.

1958-12-pink_palace-jayne_mickey_miklos  Le 21 décembre 1958, Jayne donne naissance à Miklós (Jeffrey Palmer) Hargitay, le premier fils de Jayne et Mickey (voir photo ci-contre, le couple et Miklos au Pink Palace).
En février 1959, les Hargitay assistent au Carnaval de Rio puis le couple part en Italie pour tourner dans le film "The Loves of Hercules" ("Les amours d'Hercule") où ils sont en tête d'affiche (Jayne n'a accepté de tourner le film que si Mickey obtenait le premier rôle masculin). C'est aussi en 1959 que la Fox la fait tourner dans le film indépendant "The Challenge" (qui sort en 1963) en Angleterre.
En 1959, elle apparaît dans un épisode de la série "The Red Skelton Show" (elle y jouera dans deux autres épisodes en 1961 et en 1963).
Quand Jayne fait son retour à Hollywood au milieu de l'année 1960, la Fox la prête à une petite production anglaise pour le film "Too Hot to Handle" ("La blonde et les nus de Soho" qui sort en 1961, et dont une scène où Jayne apparaît seins nus sera censurée), elle y interprète le rôle d'une entraîneuse burlesque (et y chante les chansons "Too Hot To Handle", "You Were Made For Me", "Monsoon" et "Midnight" ); enfin, la Fox lui offre un rôle secondaire dans le film "It Happened in Athens" (qui sort en 1962), tourné en Grèce, avec Trax Colton, un nouveau venu que souhaitait lancer la Fox, qui fera un bide et qui marquera l'abandon de son contrat avec la Twentieth Century Fox. 
1960-08-pink_palace-jayne_mickey_jaynemarie_miklos_zoltan Le 8 février 1960, son étoile est déposée sur la célèbre avenue d'Hollywood, le 'Hollywood Walk of Fame'. En juin 1960, elle est interviewée par Edward Murrow dans son émission "Person to Person". Le 1er août 1960, le deuxième enfant de Jayne et Mickey, Zoltán (Anthony) Hargitay, voit le jour (voir photo ci-contre, le couple avec Jayne Marie, Miklos et Zoltan au Pink Palace). Et à la fête des mères de l'année 1960, le "Mildred Strauss Child Care Chapter" de l'hôpital de Mount Sinai à New York, célèbre la famille de Jayne comme "la famille de l'année". Pourtant, dans le privé, le couple connait quelques problèmes conjuguaux: Jayne se confiant même à des amis que la fin de son mariage est proche.
C'est au cours de l'année 1960 que Jayne rencontre, par l'intermédiaire de Peter Lawford, le sénateur -et futur président des USA- John F. Kennedy. Ils ont une aventure (se rencontrant à Palm Springs et à Santa Monica chez Lawford -> article The Kennedys in Hollywood ). Elle aurait aussi une liaison avec son frère, Robert F. Kennedy (vers 1964 -> cf extraits du livre "Here They Are Jayne Mansfield" par Raymond Strait, sur BooksGoogle).

1961-the_house_of_love_by_bernard_of_hollywood Puis elle retourne à Las Vegas: en décembre 1960, elle se produit dans une revue "The House of Love" (produite par Jack Cole, avec Mickey Hargitay - voir photo ci-contre) à l'hôtel et casino de Dunes et pour lequel elle perçoit un salaire de 35 000 $ la semaine: en 1962, la Fox réalisera un album intitulé "Jayne Mansfield Busts Up Las Vegas" avec les chansons de la revue.
Dès 1960, elle fait des promotions jusque dans des supermarchés et drug store, se faisant payer 10 000 $ pour chacune de ses apparitions: elle fait plus d'apparitions publiques qu'un candidat en politique. Elle reste au top dans les médias qui ne cessent de parler d'elle et est l'une des célébrités les plus photographiées au monde. Le journaliste James Bacon écrira en 1973 dans le Los Angeles Herald-Examiner: "C'était une fille avec un réel talent de comédie, une figure et un physique spectaculaires et pourtant se ridiculisant elle-même par une étrange publicité". Quand au réalisateur Frank Tashlin, il déclarera: "Jayne avait tout: la beauté, le talent, l'énergie; mais elle a fichu sa carrière à terre avec trop de publicité".

En 1961, elle joue un rôle dans un épisode de la série "Kraft Mystery Theatre", est invitée au "Jackie Gleason Show" et elle tourne pour la Warner un petit rôle dans le film biographique "The George Raft Story" ("Le dompteur de femmes"). Puis les années suivantes, elle ne tourne que dans des petites productions étrangères: allemandes "Heimweh nach St. Pauli" ("Freddy et le nouveau monde", 1963, où elle y chante "Wo Ist Der Mann" et "Snicksnack Snuckelchen"), "Einer frisst den anderen" (1964) et italiennes "L'Amore Primitivo" (1964), "Panic Button" (1964).
jayne_et_mickey_danse  A la fin de l'année 1961, elle fait une tournée spéciale pour Noël au Canada à Newfoundland, Labrador et l'île de Baffin.
En février 1962, Jayne et Mickey s'offrent une seconde lune de miel à Nassau, aux Bahamas lorsqu'un drame va surgir: leur bateau va se retourner, le couple sera découvert près de 12 heures après, frigorifiés et choqués, après s'être réfugiés sur une petite île (Rose Island). Curieusement, le couple va médiatiser l'événement, Jayne se laissant filmer en état de choc: bon nombre de personnes vont considérer ce fait comme un canular, un coup de pub de mauvais goût.

En 1962, elle participe à un épisode de la célèbre série "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", et dans la série "Follow the Sun". En juin 1962, Jayne fait parler d'elle dans la presse après s'être montrée le haut de sa robe à pois grande ouverte, avec le soutien-gorge apparent dans un nighclub de Rome. Les journalistes de télévision, radio et cinéma italien lui décernent cette année là le prix "Silver Mask".

1963-by_bruno_bernard Au début de l'année 1963, elle se produit dans une revue (pour la première fois hors de Las Vegas) au Plantation Supper Club à Greensboro (en Caroline du Nord), empochant 23 000 $ la semaine, puis à l'Iroquois Gardens à Louisville (dans le Kentucky). Dans ses spectacles, elle joue de la comédie en stand-up, chante, et finit sur un strip-tease. Elle obtient souvent l'ovation du public.
L'acteur et réalisateur Tommy Noonan (partenaire de Marilyn dans "Les hommes préfèrent les blondes") avec qui Jayne vit une relation passionnée, la persuade d'accepter le rôle principal de" Promises ! Promises !" avec son mari Mickey Hargitay, et dans lequel elle apparaît intégralement nue. Les photos de tournage sont publiées dans le magazine Playboy de juin 1963 (la Cour de Chicago fait un procès pour obsénité à Hugh Hefner) et le film d'être banni à Cleveland, mais rencontre un petit succés relatif au box-office.
Jayne enchaîne les aventures sentimentales (mais avant tout sexuelles). On lui prête près de 1500 amants (elle affirme que, pour se sentir bien dans son corps, il lui faut jouir au moins une fois par jour) parmi lesquels Claude Terrail (propriétaire du restaurant La Tour d'Argent à Paris), Jorge Guinle (millionaire brésilien), Oleg Cassini (couturier), Henry Miller (romancier), Porfirio Rubirosa (diplomate et playboy dominicain), Sergio Villagran (acteur), Stephen Vlabovitch (un bedeau), Raymond Strait (attaché de presse)... Certains hommes ont même payé pour passer une nuit avec elle: des hommes d'affaires et même un ministre autrichien! Quand on lui fait remarquer que cela s'apparente à de la prostitution, elle réplique: "Oui, et alors ? J'y trouve mon compte, le client aussi, ce que nous faisons ne lése personne et ne regarde que nous."
and elle tourne pour le compte de la Fox dans le film mineur italien "Panic Button" (qui sortira sur les écrans en 1964), Jayne rencontre le producteur italien Enrico Bomba, avec qui elle vit une relation médiatisée. Mickey Hargitay, avec qui Jayne a loué une villa à Rome pendant le tournage, va accuser Bomba de saboter leur mariage. D'ailleurs, Jayne demande le divorce le 4 mai 1962, avant de se raviser en déclarant: "Je suis sûre que nous parviendrons à faire face" et retourne auprès de son mari pour les fêtes de fin d'année. Mais l'année suivante, en 1963, Jayne s'affiche avec le chanteur brésilien Nelson Sardelli et déclare vouloir l'épouser une fois divorcée d'avec Mickey. Et c'est accompagnée de Sardelli que Jayne se rend en mai 1963 au Mexique, à Juarez, pour divorcer: c'est une rupture pleine d'aigreur, où Jayne va aller jusqu'à accuser Mickey d'avoir kidnappé l'un de leurs enfants, afin d'obtenir les faveurs financières.

> Les liaisons de Jayne:
  Enrico Bomba (1962, Rome) / Nelson Sardelli (1963) / Claude Terrail (1963)

1962-Jayne-Mansfield-with-Enrico-Bomba  1963-jayne_et_nelson_sardelli  1963-09-paris-au_pied_de_cochon-jayne_mickey_claude_terrail 

1964-01-naissance_mariska  Mais après ce divorce, Jayne découvre qu'elle est enceinte (la paternité n'est pas clairement établie: Hargitay ou Sardelli). Pour sa carrière (donner naissance à un enfant en ayant divorcée quelques mois auparavant aurait été mal vu et aurait pu faire décliner son statut populaire), Jayne et Mickey annoncent qu'ils sont toujours ensemble et mariés, le divorce au Mexique n'étant pas reconnu en Californie. Leur fille Mariska (Magdolna) Hargitay naît le 23 janvier 1964 (elle deviendra une actrice populaire, grâce à la série "Law & Order" - "New York, Unité Spéciale"- voir photo ci-contre, le couple, Jayne-Marie, Miklos, Zoltan et Mariska nourrisson). Mais Jayne entreprend de faire reconnaître le divorce au Mexique comme légal; et le divorce est ainsi prononcé aux Etats-Unis le 26 août 1964. Néanmoins, le couple restera tout de même amis, continuant à se produire ensemble.
C'est alors qu'on lui propose un rôle intéressant (en remplacement de Marilyn Monroe, décédée en 1962): tourner sous la direction de Billy Wilder dans "Kiss Me, Stupid" avec Dean Martin. Mais Jayne, enceinte de Mariska, décline le rôle qui échouera à Kim Novak. 
C'est aussi le 26 août 1964 au club Whiskey A-Go-Go de Los Angeles, que Jayne rencontre le groupe les Beatles, alors en tournée aux Etats-Unis. Lorsque les journalistes leur ont demandé quelle célébrité américaine ils souhaitaient rencontrer, ils ont répondu "Jayne Mansfield". Lorsqu'elle voit John Lennon, Jayne lui demande si ses cheveux sont vraiment les siens, ce à quoi il répond: "Et vos seins, sont-ils vrais ?" On raconte qu'à la fin de la soirée, George Harrison a voulu lancer son verre de Scotch vers une Jayne en état d'ébriété, mais c'est Mamie Van Doren qui l'aurait reçu en plein visage !

1965-jayne_et_matt_cimber  En 1964, elle apparaît dans un épisode de la série "Burke's Law" ("L'homme à la Rolls"), tourne dans un petit film italien "L'Amore Primitivo" ("Primitive Love" tourné en Italie en mai 1964) avec Mickey Hargitay, puis Jayne reprend deux rôles tenus par Marilyn Monroe au cinéma dans les pièces "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" au Carousel Theater et "Bus Stop" mise en scène par Matt Cimber, au Yonker Playhouse à New York, avec Mickey Hargitay. Le couple reçoit de bonnes critiques et font la tournée des petites villes des Etats-Unis. Jayne tombe sous le charme de Matt Cimber (voir photo ci-contre, le couple en 1965) réalisateur d'origine italienne, et ils se marient le 24 septembre 1964 à Mulegé au Mexique. Cimber va devenir le manager de Jayne en gérant sa carrière; mais il va la mener à sa perte en lui faisant signer des contrats pour des projets sans envergures (tel que le film "The Las Vegas Hillbillys").
Elle co-écrit son autobiographie (avec Mickey Hargitay) "Jayne Mansfield's Wild, Wild World" sortie en 1964; un projet associant un film documentaire, du même nom, qui verra le jour en 1968, après sa mort, et où on y voit Jayne aux USA et en Europe (Rome, Paris, Cannes) lors de sorties publiques, mais aussi visitant des camps de nudistes, des bars gays et des clubs de strip-tease. Le documentaire, un peu trash, deviendra culte auprès de ses admirateurs.

> Documentaire "Jayne Mansfield's Wild, Wild, World" (narration par Jayne)

1964-jaynemansfield-shakespeareToujours en 1964, la MGM Records sort un album novateur "Jayne Mansfield: Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me" (voir photo ci-contre) dans lequel Jayne récite des sonnets de Shakespeare et des poèmes de Marlowe, Browning, Wordsworth, et bien d'autres sur la musique de Tchaikovsky. L'album ne rencontre pas de bonnes critiques, tel que le mentionne un journaliste du New York Times: "Miss Mansfield est une dame aux charmes apparents, mais lire de la poésie n'en fait pas parti".
En 1965, elle joue dans les pièces "Rabbit Habit" au Latin Quarter (New York) et "Champagne Complex" au Pabst Theater, dirigées par Matt Cimber et qui reçoivent un mauvais accueil. Cette même année -1965-, Jayne enregistre deux chansons à New York, avec Jimi Hendrix à la basse: "As the Cloud Drift By" et "Suey", qui sortiront en 45 Tours en 1966 par London Records. Le motif de cette collaboration est qu'ils partagaient le même manager.

1966-04-19-birthday_jayne_with_baby_tony  Côté vie privée, son troisième mariage avec Matt Cimber est un échec: Jayne abuse trop de l'alcool, est constamment infidèle (elle ramène chez elle un étudiant, Douglas Olivares, dont elle s'est entichée lors d'une représentation en discothèque), et va juqu'à dire à son mari que le seul avec qui elle a été heureuse fut son précédent amant, Nelson Sardelli. Le couple ne tient pas et ils se séparent le 11 juillet 1965, bien que Jayne soit enceinte: leur fils, Tony (Antonio Raphael Ottaviano) Cimber, naît le 18 octobre 1965 (voir photo ci-contre, Jayne et Tony, à la fête des 33 ans de Jayne en 1966 - Tony travaillera plus tard à la télévision, comme annonceur et producteur). Et le divorce est prononcé le 20 juillet 1966. Le projet qu'ils menaient ensemble, "Single Room Furnished", réalisé par Cimber, est temporairement suspendu, avant d'être finalement repris: elle y tient un rôle dramatique où elle interprète trois personnages différents, mais le film ne sortira sur les écrans qu'en 1968, un an après sa mort. Puis elle apparaît dans un film à petit budget, "The Las Vegas Hillbillys" (1966) avec Mamie Van Doren et Ferlin Husky, où elle tient le rôle de Tawni Downs, une show girl de Las Vegas (elle y interprète la chanson "That makes it"), et pour lequel elle fait une promotion assidue avec une tournée de 29 jours à travers les grandes villes américaines en compagnie de musiciens de country. Jayne déclare qu'elle ne voulait pas "partager un moment de l'écran avec la réponse drive-in de Marilyn Monroe", faisant référence à l'actrice Mamie Van Doren (une concurrente à Marilyn dans les années 50s). Et alors que leurs personnages ne partagent qu'une seule scène, les deux actrices ont filmé chacune leur scène à part, reconstituée au montage !
Pour les fêtes de Noël 1965, elle organise une réception pour son dernier enfant Tony, mais personne ne vient. Isolée, Jayne reprend contact avec Mickey Hargitay.

Icône déchue noyée dans l'alcool, les psychotropes, et la prise de drogue (LSD), Jayne Mansfield a pris du poids (elle porte des robes amples du style de l'époque) et malgré le déclin de sa carrière, elle reste populaire et réunit toujours les foules lors de ses performances sur scène et ses frasques publicitaires, mais en est réduite à des tournées miteuses dans des shows burlesques bon marché. Elle retourne d'ailleurs à Las Vegas en 1966, pour un show joué à Fremont Street, bien loin des clubs à la mode qu'elle a connu (tels Tropicana et Dunes); puis part se produire à New York pendant six semaines au Latin Quarter pour le show "French Dressing" avec Mickey Hargitay, une version réarrangée de son ancien show du Tropicana qui connaît un succès relatif. Fin octobre 1966, elle passe une semaine au Canada, se produisant à "The Cave Nightclub".

1966-jayne_anton_lavey  En 1966, lors du Festival du Film de San Francisco (où Jayne se fait virer après s'être montrée dans une tenue très dévêtue), Jayne et Sam Brody visitent l'Eglise de Satan et elle est présentée à Anton LaVey, le fondateur de l'Église (voir photo ci-contre, Jayne et Anton LaVey), avec qui on lui prête une aventure, qui fera d'elle une grande prêtresse honoraire. L'Eglise la proclame membre à part entière et elle reçoit un certificat qu'elle fera encadrer et accrocher dans sa chambre rose. Les médias rapportent l'événement et Jayne est considérée comme une sataniste.
Dès juillet 1966, Jayne partage sa vie avec son avocat Sam Brody, avec qui elle a de fréquentes altercations quand ils sont tous deux ivres. La femme de Sam, Beverly Brody, demande le divorce après avoir déclarée que Jayne est "l'autre 41ème femme" dans la vie de Sam.

1966-jayne_zoltan  Le 23 novembre 1966, Jayne visite le parc à thème "Jungleland USA" à Thousand Oaks en Californie: son fils Zoltan se fait sévèrement attaquer par un lion qui l'a mordu au cou. Le petit garçon souffre de traumastisme crânien et subit trois opérations de chirurgies, dont une opération du cerveau qui dure six heures avant de contracter une méningite (voir photo ci-contre, Jayne et Zoltan au Community Memorial Hospital). Il parvient à en guérir mais Jayne, par le biais de son avocat Sam Brody, attaque le parc en justice réclamant des dommages à 1 600 000 $. La publicité négative amènera à la fermeture du parc.
Au début de l'année 1967, elle se rend au Vietnam pour réconforter les soldats: sa tournée sera jugée décevante, Jayne ne se produit pas sur scène et se contente de poser pour des photos et signer des autographes; elle tourne ensuite son dernier film, une apparition dans "A Guide for the Married Man" ("Petit guide pour mari volage") de Gene Kelly et participe au documentaire indépendant "Spree" (intitulé aussi "Las Vegas by Night") où elle chante "Promise Her Anything" (chanson du film "Promises! Promises!") en se déshabillant.

jayne-1966-portrait-2-1  En mars 1967, elle fait une tournée -désastreuse- en Angleterre (les beuveries et bagarres du couple Jayne/Brody ne permettent pas à une Jayne ivre et dont les jambes sont pleines d'ecchymoses de monter sur scène) et elle s'affiche aux bras du propriétaire de club Allen Welles. Et en mai 1967, sa performance au Mount Brandon Hotel à Tralee en Irelande est annulée à cause du clergé catholique qui condamne une telle représentation.
Au début du mois de juin 1967, sa fille aînée, Jayne Marie, 16 ans, porte plainte contre Sam Brody: elle l'accuse de coups et blessures, encouragés par sa mère. La jeune fille est alors placée temporairement chez l'oncle de son père Paul, William W. Pigue et son épouse Mary.
Le 19 juin 1967, Jayne fait sa dernière apparition à la télévision dans le "Joey Bishop Show".

Elle conclut un accord avec Mamie Van Doren qui se produit elle aussi en spectacle, à New York. Son show faisant salle comble, Mamie demande à Jayne si elle peut se produire dans le Mississippi où Mamie était attendue, lui permettant d'assurer à son tour le prochain show. Jayne accepte et c'est après une dernière représentation sordide dans le cabaret Gus Stevens Supper Club à Biloxi dans le Mississippi, que Jayne, qui a 34 ans, rejoint sa chambre d'hôtel au Cabana Courtyard Apartments.
1967-06-28-Gus Stevens Supper Club Après deux représentations de 30 minutes ce soir là (à 21h et à 23h - voir photo ci-contre, l'une des dernières photographies de Jayne), elle reprend la route le 28 juin 1967 un peu avant minuit à bord de la Buick Electra 225 bleue assise entre Ronnie Harrison, son chauffeur de 20 ans, et Sam Brody, âgé de 40 ans. Trois de ses enfants (Miklós, Zoltán et Mariska) sont endormis à l'arrière. Ses quatre chihuahas sont aussi du voyage. Ils se rendent à la Nouvelle-Orléans où Jayne est attendue pour une émission de télé, le "Midday Show", sur WDSU's à midi. Vers 2h30 du matin, le 29 juin 1967, leur voiture, lancée à pleine vitesse après un virage, s'encastre dans l'arrière d'un tracteur semi-remorque qui a donné un brutal coup de frein, à cause d'un camion de pulvérisation anti-moustiques. Les trois adultes, ainsi que l'un des chiens de Jayne, meurent sur le coup. Les enfants sont indemnes, s'en tirant avec quelques blessures légères (Miklos, 9 ans, a un bras cassé et Mariska, 3 ans et demie, gardera une cicatrice en zig-zag sur la tempe). Contrairement à une légende tenace, Jayne n'est pas morte décapitée mais d'un écrasement de la boîte crânienne. La rumeur provient des photos de la police prises sur le lieu de l'accident où on y découve les cheveux de Jayne sur le bitume. En fait, il s'agit d'une perruque bien bouffante; et Jayne est décédée de plusieurs traumatismes crâniens, ayant été scalpée d'un morceau de crâne et du cerveau. Après sa mort, la NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - L'Administration nationale de la sécurité routière) demande la nécessité d'inclure une protection anti-encastrement (une forte barre en tube d'acier) à l'arrière de tous les poids lourds. Cette grande barre est désormais connue sous le nom de la "Mansfield bar".

jayne_grave  Les funérailles de Jayne ont lieu le 3 juillet 1967 à Pen Argyl en Pennsylvanie dans un cercle privé, avec néanmoins beaucoup de curieux. De ses trois maris, seul Mickey Hargitay, très affecté, est présent, ayant organisé les funérailles: il se jette sur le cercueil rose de Jayne pendant la cérémonie. Sa pierre tombale, en forme de coeur où est inscrit "We Live to Love You More Each Day" (avec une photographie de Jayne ajoutée en 2003 - voir photo ci-contre) , se trouve au cimetière de Fairview Cemetery, au sud-est de Pen Argyl. Vingt ans après, une pierre tombale en granite rose et en forme de coeur est installée. Un cénotaphe similaire a été installé dans le cimetière d'Hollywood par son fan-club. Une dernière rumeur scabreuse va courir: certains vont raconter que sa tête aurait été recousue à l'envers sur son corps (alors que l'on sait aujourd'hui que Jayne n'a pas été décapitée) !
En 1968, le 'Hollywood Publicists Guild' lance le prix "Jayne Mansfield Award" pour toutes les actrices qui reçoivent un maximum d'exposition publicitaire dans l'année. C'est l'actrice Raquel Welch qui reçoit le premier prix en 1969.

1950s-jayne-936full-jayne-mansfield Après sa mort, beaucoup de ses proches vont tenter de mettre main basse sur l'héritage: Mickey Hargitay, Matt Cimber, Vera Peers (sa mère), William Pigue (son représentant légal), Charles Goldring (son business manager), Bernard B. Cohen et Jerome Webber (ses administrateurs). Sa succession est évaluée à environ 600 000 $, dont le "Pink Palace" estimé à 100 000 $, une voiture de sport à 7 000 $, ses bijoux, et le testament de Sam Brody lui léguant 185 000 $.
Mickey Hargitay, remarié en 1968 à Ellen Siano une hôtesse de l'air, engage un procés réclamant 275 000 $ pour l'éducation des enfants (Micky, Zoltan et Mariska dont il obtient la garde intégrale en juin 1967). Il n'obtiendra pas satisfaction. Quand au petit dernier Tony, il est élevé par son père Matt Cimber et la styliste Christy Hilliard Hanak, qu'il a épousé le 2 décembre 1967.
En 1971, l'ex femme de Sam Brody, Beverly Brody (dont le divorce était en cours au moment de la mort de son mari), réclame à la succession de Jayne la somme de 325 000 $ représentant les cadeaux et bijoux achetés par Sam à Jayne et qui n'avaient pas été comptabilisés. En 1977, ce sont quatre des enfants de Jayne (Jayne Marie, Mickey, Zoltan et Mariska) qui sont face à la cour à cause des 500 000 $ de dettes contractées par Jayne, dont 11 000 $ de lingerie et 11 600 $ de frais de plomberie pour la piscine, et dont le litige avait déclaré la succession insolvable. Le Pink Palace, qui a connu divers acquéreurs, va finir par tomber en ruine et être détruit en novembre 2002. Ce qui reste de l'héritage de l'image et de la propriété intellectuelle de Jayne est désormais géré par la compagnie CMG Worldwide.

 --- Epilogue ---
1950s-jayne307Malgré ses rôles caricaturaux de blondes idiotes, son exhibitionnisme provoquant et sa nymphomanie affirmée (elle aurait dit, en se masturbant devant les photographes sur le tournage de Promises! Promises !: "La plus belle sensation dans la vie, c’est l’orgasme. Plus j’ai des orgasmes et plus je suis heureuse !"), Jayne Mansfield était une femme cultivée, polyglotte (elle parlait cinq langues: anglais, français, allemand, italien et espagnol), jouait du piano et du violon et disait avoir un QI de 163; ce qui fit d'elle "la plus intelligente des blondes stupides". Son personnage a été construit, maniant avec art la publicité, comme le montre cette citation, sur sa soit-disant couleur préférée: "On m'a identifié par le rose au cours de ma carrière, mais je ne suis pas autant folle que ça de cette couleur alors que j'ai laissé les gens le croire. Mes couleurs préférées sont en fait neutres -le noir et le blanc- mais à ce moment là, que penser d'une star de cinéma en noir et blanc ? Tout se doit d'être de couleurs vivantes." Sa fin tragique l'a fait entrer dans la légende, son image reste encore aujourd'hui, populaire et est encore beaucoup utilisée dans la culture des différents arts (écriture, BD, cinéma, séries, bon nombre font référence à Jayne, son image, sa vie, ses films, sa mort).

> Sur le blog: 
>> Photothèque consacrée à Jayne dans l' Album Photos

En 1980, le téléfilm biopic "The Jayne Mansfield Story" est diffusé par CBS. Réalisé par Dick Lowry, on y découvre Loni Anderson (dans le rôle de Jayne) et Arnold Schwarzenegger (dans celui de Mickey Hargitay). La fiction a été nommée pour trois Emmy Awards (des catégories coiffure, maquillage et costumes). Quelques images (extraits de films) de Marilyn Monroe sont incluses dans le film.

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- Mariska Hargitay -
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> Pages extraites du livre "Les séductrices du cinéma"
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 >> Jayne vs Marilyn <<

Prémisses d'une rencontre: Le 26 juin 1953, Marilyn Monroe laisse ses empreintes de mains et de pieds (chaussures à talons) dans le ciment frais du sol d'Hollywood, devant le Grauman's Chinese Theatre (> sur le blog: l'article 26/06/1953 Grauman's Chinese Theatre ). Deux ans plus tard, la starlette Jayne Mansfield cherche à se faire un nom à Hollywood: le 19 avril 1955 au soir, elle est photographiée accroupie devant les fameuses empreintes, apposant ses mains dans celles de Marilyn.

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La rencontre: Le 12 décembre 1955 se tient la grande première du film "The Rose Tattoo" à New York. Plusieurs célébrités participent à l'événement dont Marlon Brando, acteur du film, qui escorte Marilyn Monroe. Après la représentation du film, à la soirée organisée au Sheraton Astor Hotel, une autre blonde au nom de Jayne Mansfield va faire son apparition, s'incrustant au milieu des autres stars, telle en est sa spécialité, afin de se faire photographier et remarquer. Ce qui n'est pas au goût de Marilyn, qui ne va même pas lui jeter un regard (> sur le blog: l'article 12/12/1955 Première de Rose Tattoo ).

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En 1957, Jayne dira: "Marilyn pense de moi que je suis une rivale. Je sais que ça l'agace." A un journaliste, elle confiera que "Marilyn n'était jamais cordiale".
Quand à Marilyn, elle dira, à propos de Jayne, à un journaliste: "Tout ce qu'elle fait, c'est de m'imiter. Mais ses imitations sont une insulte autant pour elle que pour moi. Je sais que c'est supposé être flatteur que d'être imitée, mais elle le fait si grossièrement, si vulgairement. Je voudrais avoir quelques moyens légaux pour la poursuivre envers la dégradation de l'image pour laquelle j'ai mis des années à construire."

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- Comparaison: mêmes poses et attitudes - partie 1 -
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mmlook-1-film_bus  mmlook-1-sport-football  
mmlook-2-herbe mmlook-2-pin_up-moran mmlook-2-kiss 
mmlook-2-matelas   mmlook-2-parasol   

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Le parcours: Mariées et divorcées trois fois (premier mariage à 16 ans pour Marilyn, à 17 ans pour Jayne avec des hommes engagés dans l'armée), les deux blondes étaient menées par une soif de réussite à Hollywood. Elles ont étudié à l'université d'UCLA en Californie, ont été mannequins (dans la même agence: la "Blue Book" dirigée par Emmeline Snively, ce qui les as conduit à travailler avec les mêmes photographes, comme Earl Moran). Elles ont posé nues pour un calendrier et l'affaire a été révélée une fois qu'elles sont devenues célèbres (en 1952 pour Marilyn, en 1957 pour Jayne). Elles ont remporté de nombreux concours de beauté. Elles ont aussi parfois donné la réplique aux mêmes acteurs: Cary Grant, Groucho Marx, Dan Dailey, Jack Benny, Tom Ewell, Tommy Noonan, Tony Randall (qui a déclaré avoir préféré travailler avec Jayne: "Au moins, elle essaie d'être professionnelle. Elle se montre sur le plateau, répète, travaille et tourne. Elle a un grand sens de l'autodérision.") Elles ont toutes deux été présentées à la Reine d'Angleterre (en 1956 pour Marilyn, en 1957 pour Jayne) et se sont rendues en Corée pour égayer le moral des soldats (en 1954 pour Marilyn, en 1957 pour Jayne). Elles ont été utilisées par la Fox, interprétant des rôles stéréotypées de blondes idiotes mais ayant tenues un rôle dramatique marquant dans leur carrière ("Don"t Bother to Knock" pour Marilyn, "The Burglar" pour Jayne), et ont remporté le prix "Golden Globe" (en 1957 pour Jayne, en 1960 et 1962 pour Marilyn). De tradition catholique, elles se sont intéressées à d'autres religions, comme le judaïsme, pour un homme (Marilyn pour Arthur Miller, Jayne pour Sam Brody). Elles ont eu comme amant le président John F Kennedy (rencontré par l'intermédiaire de Peter Lawford) et parmi leurs relations sentimentales, leur deuxième mari leur est resté toujours fidèle, s'occupant de leurs funérailles (Joe DiMaggio pour Marilyn, Mickey Hargitay pour Jayne). Elles sont décédées tragiquement très jeunes (34 ans pour Jayne, 36 ans pour Marilyn). 

- Comparaison: les mêmes rencontres -
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mm_partner-cary_grant  mm_partner-dan_dailey 
mm_partner-groucho_marx mm_partner-jane_russell mm_partner-JB
mm_partner-jerry_lewis  mm_partner-robert_wagner  

- les mêmes admirateurs: James Haspiel, John Reiley -
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Le look: Jayne comme Marilyn, avait les cheveux naturellement châtains foncés. Elle se les décolore en 1954, afin de faciliter sa carrière d'actrice. Devenue blonde platine, elle figurera parmi les nombreuses "copies de Marilyn" des années 1950s, allant jusqu'à porter parfois le même style de tenues, voire les mêmes vêtements (> sur le blog: les articles du dressing de Marilyn )

- Comparaison: les mêmes tenues
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Jayne, une doublure de Marilyn: En 1954, Marilyn Monroe claque la porte des studios de la Fox et part se réfugier à New York, où elle étudie à l'Actors Studio, et monte sa maison de production "Les MM Prod." avec un ami photographe, Milton Greene. Elle se montre désormais plus exigeante au niveau des scénarios que la Fox lui propose et impose un droit de regard sur les films qu'elle tourne, refusant bon nombre de navets où les rôles proposés sont toujours identiques: ceux de la blonde idiote, un brin sexy. La Fox cherche alors d'autres actrices blondes, pour leur refourguer leurs nanars: Mamie Van Doren, Cleo Moore, Diana Dors, Sheeree North... des blondes décolorées et jolies, il y en a des tonnes ! Et puis arrive Jayne Mansfield, qui signe son contrat avec la Fox en 1956. Les studios sont ravis, ils ont enfin trouvé une rivale à Marilyn; et Jayne est vite surnommée la "Marilyn Monroe Workings' Man" (autrement dit, la version 'cheap' de Marilyn), ou encore la "Marilyn Monroe King Sized" (en référence à son généreux tour de poitrine). Et Jayne va vite se prendre au jeu de la "doublure" de Marilyn, la parodiant à de nombreuses reprises:

> Dans la pièce de théâtre "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter ?" jouée en 1956 à Broadway, Jayne interprète le rôle de Rita Marlowe, une caricature outrageuse de Marilyn. La pièce a été écrite par George Axelrod, celui-là même à qui l'on doit la pièce "The Seven Year Itch" où Marilyn joua le rôle de la voisine blonde dans l'adaptation cinéma et pour lequel Jayne avait auditionné. Rien que le nom Rita Marlowe est une combinaison des stars Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe et Jean Harlow. Le personnage est celui, à première vue, d'une blonde idiote au déhanché terriblement sexy, poussant de petits cris accentuant sa naïveté, mais qui est en fait une femme intelligente car use de son image auprès des médias pour parvenir à ses fins. Quand la Fox souhaite adapter la pièce en version cinéma, le rôle est proposé à Mamie Van Doren, qui décline l'offre. Alors la Fox engage Jayne Mansfield, qui avait déjà brillé dans la peau du personnage sur les planches New-Yorkaises. En offrant ce rôle à Jayne, la Fox semblait comme se moquer de Marilyn, qui souhaitait être prise au sérieux, à travers ce rôle qui caricaturait sa carrière.

> Dans la série télévisée "Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor" du 12 juin 1956, Jayne parodie Marilyn. D'abord, en lisant le livre "Les frères Karamazov", alors que Marilyn venait à peine d'annoncer qu'elle souhaitait jouer dans l'adaptation du roman de Dostoievski. Puis, en chanson, chantant le titre "Heat Wave" interprété par Marilyn dans le film "There's no business like show business".

> Dans l'émission de télévision "Jack Benny Show", épisode "Jack takes a boat from Hawai" du 26 novembre 1963, Jayne rejoue à l'identique le sketch joué en 1953 par Marilyn "The Honolulu Trip" avec Jack Benny dans la même émission (> sur le blog: l'article 13/09/1953 The Jack Benny Show ) -excepté pour la chanson, où le "Bye Bye Baby" de Marilyn est remplacé par "Too Marvelous for Words" par Jayne:

> En 1964, Jayne reprend les rôles tenus par Marilyn au cinéma en jouant sur scène dans les pièces "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (au Carousel Theater) et "Bus Stop" (au Yonker Playhouse) à New York.

> Quand elle se produisait dans les clubs (et notamment dans ses shows de Las Vegas), il arrivait parfois que Jayne reprenne la chanson incontournable de Marilyn: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend".

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- Comparaison: mêmes poses et attitudes - partie 2 -
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mmlook-3-pose-bus_stop  mmlook-3-pose-swimsuit_colonne  mmlook-3-pose-swimsuit_yellow 
mmlook-3-attitude-premiere  mmlook-3-attitude-finger  mmlook-3-robe_strass 
mmlook-3-pose-pin_up  mmlook-3-attitude-swimsuit_white  mmlook-3-pose_assise 
mmlook-3-chair  mmlook-3-chair-nuisette  mmlook-3-chair-robe_blanche 
mmlook-3-columbia-2  mmlook-3-columbia-1  mmlook-3-graumans 
  mmlook-3-robe_noire  mmlook-3-pose-fourreau  mmlook-3-style 
mmlook-3-sport  mmlook-3-sport-baseball  mmlook-3-attitude-pose 
 mmlook-3-attitude-fur  mmlook-3-water_beach-jayne_mickey-mm_arthur  mmlook-3-water_pool  

> Sources: 
>> articles et photos (scans) personnels
>> photographies collectées sur le web via googleimages
>> Le site officiel / Fan Club Jayne Mansfield Online FanClub 

>> biographie sur wikipedia in english / wikipedia en français
>> le blog français de Jéjé La vie en rose de Jayne Mansfield
>> les pages consultées pour la biographie -sites en anglais Bombshells  (petit site avec bio, films, photos), Frank's Reel Reviews
petite bio), Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen (dates et faits), find a death (article bio),  The Thought Experiment (article blog),  Jayne Mansfield in Popular Culture
(article de wikipedia) / -sites en français: lenaweb (petite bio),  Les chroniques de Loulou (bio illustrée), AcidPop (divers articles).

14 novembre 2014

Property from the life and career of MM - 12/2014 - Photos


 A Marilyn Monroe signed vintage original 1941 panoramic photograph from Ralph Waldo Emerson Jr. High School. Monroe can be seen in the seventh row from the bottom and the 15th person from the right. Inscribed by the future Marilyn Monroe, among other classmates, on verso, “To a swell, nice & perfect girl Norma Jeane Baker” with “41” possibly written below her name. The image was originally owned by Norma Jeane’s classmate, Joan Boggs, to whom the inscriptions are written.
8 by 24 3/4 inches
Winning bid:$2,560 - Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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 A vintage black and white RKO studio publicity photograph of Ginger Rogers inscribed, "To Norma Jean Baker Sincerely Ginger Rogers 1937." In 1937 the eleven-year old Norma Jean was living with Grace McGee, a friend of Monroe's mother and a film cutter at RKO. It is possible that McGee arranged for the signing of this photograph for the young Marilyn Monroe. Monroe went on to co-star with Rogers in Monkey Business (20th Century Fox, 1952) fifteen years after this photograph was signed.
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$1,920 - Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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 An image of Marilyn Monroe on her wedding day with first husband James Dougherty taken from a book. Inscribed and signed by Dougherty in blue ink. Attached to three other book pages of letters written by Monroe to Grace Goodard. This image can be found in the biography Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).
PROVENANCE From the Collection of Lois Banner
11 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches
Winning bid:$448 - Estimate: $200 - $300
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 A black and white original vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe with actor and golfer Joe Kirkwood Jr. marked on verso in pencil with the actress and actors' names. This image can be found in the biography Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).
PROVENANCE From the Collection of Lois Banner
4 by 5 inches
Winning bid:$375 - Estimate: $300 - $500

 A collection of five black and white original vintage photographs showing Marilyn Monroe in the Fox Studios employee stage show "Strictly for Kicks" in 1948. Accompanied by two copies of the April 1948 "Action" newsletter featuring an article on the production that includes photographs and mentions of Monroe. One of the photographs can be seen in the biography Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).
PROVENANCE From the Collection of Lois Banner
5 by 4 inches
Winning bid:$1,024 - Estimate: $500 - $700
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 A Marilyn Monroe vintage original photograph taken by Frank Powolny circa 1950.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$768 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A Marilyn Monroe vintage original black and white publicity photograph taken by Laszlo Willinger for the film All About Eve (20th Century, 1950).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
 Winning bid:$4,062.50 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A Marilyn Monroe vintage original photograph taken by Phil Burchman circa 1951. Believed to be taken for 20th Century Fox publicity photographs. Marked at lower right "F999-S-259."
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
5 by 4 inches
 Winning bid:$768 - Estimate: $300 - $500

 A Marilyn Monroe vintage original black and white photograph circa 1950.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$640 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A black and white publicity image of Marilyn Monroe taken by Frank Powolny and used to publicize the film How to Marry a Millionaire (20th Century, 1953). The image is spuriously stamped on the back as being copyrighted by Robert F. Slatzer.
9 1/2 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$1,562.50 - Estimate: $400 - $600
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 A Marilyn Monroe vintage black and white photograph.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$2,812.50 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A pair of vintage photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken by Milton Greene in 1953. Each stamped on verso "Reproduction Forbidden."
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
7 by 5 inches
 Winning bid:$1,875 - Estimate: $400 - $600
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 A Marilyn Monroe vintage studio publicity photograph for the film How To Marry a Millionaire (20th Century, 1953).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
 Winning bid:$1,600 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A Marilyn Monroe vintage black and white studio publicity photograph for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century, 1953).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid: $576 - Estimate: $200 - $400

 A Marilyn Monroe vintage black and white studio publicity photograph for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century, 1953).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid: $448 - Estimate: $200 - $400

 A vintage black and white image of Joe DiMaggio signing a baseball.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
 Winning bid: $448 - Estimate: $150 - $300

 A pair of vintage original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe in Japan while on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio in 1954. DiMaggio can be seen in partial profile in the lower left of one image.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
4 1/4 by 6 inches
 Winning bid: $384 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A group of three vintage original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe at the Honolulu International airport in Hawaii during her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio in 1954. The photographs were taken by a photographer who was tipped off that Monroe and DiMaggio were waiting in a secluded area of the airport. He and a friend, who was stationed in Hawaii with the Navy, went to photograph the newlyweds. The photographer gave the photographs he could not use to the friend, who kept them in his photo book of his time during the war and later sold the photographs at auction. Presumably, these photographs were never released for print. Monroe's thumb is bandaged, and some have accused DiMaggio of inflicting the injury. One of the images can be found in the biography Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).
PROVENANCE From the Collection of Lois Banner
and Lot 766, "Hollywood Legends," Julien's Auctions, Las Vegas, June 26, 2010
Largest, 9 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches
Winning bid: $1,875 - Estimate: $300 - $500
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 A group of seven contact sheets and one half sheet from Marilyn Monroe’s 1954 visit to Korea to entertain American troops. The black and white sheets show Monroe on stage, signing autographs, posing with servicemen, and behind a changing curtain in addition to images of the servicemen in the audience. Photographer unknown. Sheets marked on verso with numeric notations.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
8 by 10 inches
Winning bid: $1,562.50 - Estimate: $600 - $800

 A group of four vintage original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe dining with troops in Korea in 1954. Also present is an image of a band performing on stage.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
5 by 7 inches
Winning bid: $500 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A group of four original vintage photographs of Marilyn Monroe visiting troops in Korea. Three show Monroe at servicemen’s bedside. Each has carbon copied information snipes and credits on verso from the United States Signal Corps.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
5 by 7 inches
Winning bid: $625 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 An original vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio taken while on their honeymoon in Japan. The photograph has been cut in half directly between the couple.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
Each half, 4 1/4 by 3 1/8 inches
 Winning bid:$1,280 - Estimate: $600 - $800

 A pair of vintage candid images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of River of No Return (20th Century, 1954). Both images are believed to have been taken by Milton Greene; only one of the images bear his stamp on verso. Both photographs are stamped "Reproduction Forbidden."
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
7 by 5 inches
Winning bid:$576 - Estimate: $400 - $600
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 A Marilyn Monroe beard contest judge ribbon and photograph from the 1955 Bement Centennial. The white ribbon with gold tone print reads "Bement/ Centennial/ Official/ 1855-1955." Cardstock affixed to the top of the ribbon reads "Marilyn Monroe." Accompanied by a vintage black and white photograph of Monroe at the event. Stamped on verso "News Gazette/ Photograph," with photocopies of articles about the event. Monroe attended the Centennial celebration and served as a judge in the beard contest, among other activities, after a resident assisted her in paying a hotel bill in exchange for her appearance. Originally from the estate of Peter Leonardi. The image can be found in the biography Marilyn : The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).
PROVENANCE From the Collection of Lois Banner
and Lot 718, "Julien's Summer Sale," Julien's Auctions, Las Vegas, June 26, 2009
Winning bid: $640 - Estimate: $600 - $800
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 A black and white vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken by Cecil Beaton in 1956. The photograph is mounted to board.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
9 by 9 inches
Winning bid: $3,840 - Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

 A Marilyn Monroe secretarially signed photograph accompanied by transmittal envelope. It appears the photograph was mailed out from Marilyn Monroe Productions to Bogota, Columbia, and returned.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid: $11,250 - Estimate: $200 - $400
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 A contact sheet of 24 images of Marilyn Monroe taken by Milton Greene during a 1953 photoshoot on the Twentieth Century-Fox backlot. Monroe was shot by Greene preparing for the shoot (some images include Greene) and in a peasant costume worn by Jennifer Jones in Song of Bernadette (20th Century, 1943). Photographer's stamp and numeric note on verso.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
8 by 10 inches
Winning bid: $896 - Estimate: $400 - $600 

 An original vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken by Milton Greene. Monroe is dressed as her character Chérie from the film Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
 Winning bid: $1,125 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 An original vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken by Milton Greene. Monroe is dressed as her character Chérie from the film Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid: $1,600 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A Marilyn Monroe vintage black and white photograph taken on the set of the film Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956).
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid: $1,024 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe printed with two images of Monroe. Believed to have been taken by Sam Shaw circa 1958. The image shows Monroe in her New York apartment in front of her piano.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
8 by 10 inches
Lot 787: Winning bid:$640 - Estimate: $200 - $400
Lot 788: Winning bid:$896 - Estimate: $300 - $500

 A pair of Marilyn Monroe vintage black and white photographs. One shows Monroe at a party. The other was taken on set and has a Milton Greene photography stamp on verso.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
Largest, 8 by 10 inches
 Winning bid:$896 - Estimate: $600 - $800

 An original vintage black and white photograph of Arthur Miller taken by Dan Weiner circa 1952. Stamped by the photographer on verso with handwritten notions that have been crossed out.
9 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches
Winning bid:$128 - Estimate: $200 - $400
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 A pair of vintage original black and white photographs of Arthur Miller. In one, Miller stands smiling next to a bicycle. Image marked on verso “Apr. 1955.” The second is a professional photograph of Miller. Stamped with photographer Daniel Bernstein’s stamp on verso.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
7 by 5 inches
Winning bid:$128 - Estimate: $200 - $400

 A Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller black and white vintage original photograph. Taken by Paul Schumach at the premiere of Some Like It Hot (UA, 1959). Photographer stamp on verso.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
10 by 8 inches
 Winning bid:$3,125 - Estimate: $400 - $600

 A collection of approximately five vintage contact prints of photographs taken by Milton Greene featuring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier at a press conference for the film The Prince and The Showgirl (Warner Bros., 1957) and Monroe with Marlon Brando at the premiere of the film The Rose Tattoo (Paramount, 1955). Also includes a contact sheet with images of an event where Sammy Davis Jr. was performing live.
Largest, 10 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$1,125 - Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

 A vintage 8-by-10-inch gelatin silver photograph taken by Milton Greene, depicting Marilyn Monroe with Laurence Olivier at a press conference for the film The Prince and The Showgirl (Warner Bros., 1957) in which they played the starring roles. The photograph has been encapsulated and includes a letter of authenticity from PSA grading it a "Type I" original photograph. The verso of the photograph is marked with Greene's identification stamp. Accompanied by a vintage medium-format print of the same image as well as an additional vintage print of Monroe laughing.
10 by 8 inches
Winning bid:$ 5,760 - Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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 A collection of Marilyn Monroe's personal photographs, including a photograph of Isador Miller (Monroe's father-in-law); two photographs of a television screen showing images of Monroe on The Jack Benny Program in 1953; a black and white image of an unknown woman, stamped by Milton Greene on verso; a color photograph of a manenquin holding up a champagne glass behind a sign that reads "Marilyn Monroe" dated "Mar 58"; a pair of images of two men in Scottish kilts; two photographs of children, one with an inscription on the back from "Ilah" (one of the children may be Joshua Greene); and a photograph taken behind the scenes of a film. Accompanied by a newspaper clipping of an image of Monroe.
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
Largest, 7 by 5 inches
Winning bid: $896 - Estimate: $300 - $500

A three-panel sterling silver custom-made Cartier frame, gifted to Marilyn Monroe by Nedda and Joshua Logan. The center frame houses a black and white silver gelatin print of the portrait Cecil Beaton took of Monroe in 1956. This image is purported to be Monroe’s favorite image of herself. The portrait is mounted to board and signed on matte by Beaton. The center frame is engraved at the top “For Marilyn Monroe Miller” and at the bottom “Love Nedda and Joshua Logan.” Joshua Logan directed Monroe in her 1956 film Bus Stop . The left and right frames house a handwritten letter from Beaton describing Monroe. It reads in part, “But the real marvel is the paradox – somehow we know that this extraordinary performance is pure charade, a little girl’s caricature of Mae West. The puzzling truth is that Miss Monroe is a make-believe siren, unsophisticated as a Rhine maiden, innocent as a sleepwalker. She is an urchin pretending to be grown-up, having the time of her life in mother’s moth-eaten finery, tottering about in high-heeled shoes and sipping gingerale as though it were a champagne cocktail. There is an otherworldly, a winsome naiveté about the child’s eyes… .” The portrait can be seen in images of Monroe’s living room, where it was housed from 1956 until the actress’ death in 1962.
Please note: This item will not be available for shipment or pick-up until January 1, 2015.
PROVENANCE Lot 22 "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
16 by 46 1/2 inches, framed
Winning bid: $38,400 - Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
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 A vintage candid photograph of Marilyn Monroe at the September 27, 1959, American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) awards ceremony in Philadelphia. Monroe's then husband, Arthur Miller, was honored at the event. Label affixed to the bottom center of the photograph reads "Hebrew University Dinner/ Sheraton Hotel Sunday Sept. 27."
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
8 by 10 inches
 Winning bid:$448 - Estimate: $300 - $500

 A vintage candid photograph of Marilyn Monroe at the September 27, 1959, American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) awards ceremony in Philadelphia. Monroe's then husband, Arthur Miller, was honored at the event. Label affixed to the bottom center of the photograph reads "Hebrew University Dinner/ Sheraton Hotel Sunday Sept. 27."
PROVENANCE From the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe
8 by 10 inches
 Winning bid:$576 - Estimate: $300 - $500

 An original vintage black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller taken by photojournalist John Bryson in Los Angeles in 1960. Matted and framed. Christie's lot sticker affixed to frame back.
PROVENANCE Lot 340, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
Sight, 13 by 9 1/2 inches
Winning bid:$1,920 - Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

 A single Kodachrome wallet-sized candid photo print of Marilyn Monroe in her often seen disguise. The photo was taken in New York by a young fan who became acquainted with the star.
PROVENANCE From the Collection of Lois Banner
and Lot 788, "Julien's Summer Sale," Julien's Auctions, Las Vegas, June 26, 2009
3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
 Winning bid: $640 - Estimate: $200 - $400

 A photographic print of Marilyn Monroe, limited edition numbered 21/50, taken in 1962 by George Barris. Silver gelatin print, printed on double-weight fiber paper under the guidance and approval of George Barris by OneWest Publishing. Signed by the photographer and stamped by OneWest Publishing.
20 by 16 inches 
unsold - Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000


An original vintage photograph signed by Allan Grant. This photograph was taken on July 7, 1962, in Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood home for an article in LIFE magazine that went to newsstands on August 3, 1962. Monroe died two days later, on August 5.
29 by 26 inches, framed
Winning bid:$3,750  - Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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