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Saturday Evening Post, 1956/05/19

Saturday Evening Post
- The New Marilyn Monroe - Part 3

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pays magazine: USA
paru le 19 mai 1956
article: 3ème partie "The New Marilyn Monroe"
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Blonde, Incorporated
By Pete Martin
Originally published on May 19, 1956
The story of Marilyn’s brief marriage to Joe DiMaggio, her battle with Hollywood, and her surprising new career.

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Milton Greene, vice-president of Marilyn Monroe Productions, playwright Terence
Rattigan, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Marilyn in New York. The occasion: To announce
plans for a movie version cf a Rattigan play, costarring Olivier and Monroe. (Hans Knopf, © SEPS)

I put this question to my friend and confidant, whom I call Flack Jones: “How did Joe DiMaggio happen to come into Marilyn’s life?” Jones is one of my principal sources of Marilyn Monroe information. As a skilled and articulate employee of the publicity department of the 20th Century-Fox motion-picture studio, he had worked closely with Marilyn for several years before her highly publicized departure from Hollywood to live in New York and “learn to be an actress.”

“Marilyn met him in a café one night on a blind double date,” Jones said. “DiMaggio had heard about her and wanted to meet her. They met through friends and had dinner. Everything went just fine and dandy, until ultimately their friendship ripened into a romance which led to their marriage.

“But to complicate things, late in 1952 she decided to mix her first holdout with her romance,” Flack Jones said. Then he corrected himself, “It must have been ’53, for she had made River of No Return and How to Marry a Millionaire. Anyhow, she decided — or else her confidential advisers had persuaded her — that she was worth more money. But instead of stalking into Darryl Zanuck’s office, slapping her next script down and saying, ‘I won’t do it!’ she simply hid out. She sneaked down alleys, didn’t answer her phone and couldn’t be reached by anybody.

“This was before she ran off and married Joe DiMaggio, and the studio was taking a firm tone with her — a very firm tone. But when the romance reached full flower, the studio had to do a fast switch,” Jones said. “Here we were, issuing communiqués about this ‘silly and stubborn girl who was ill-advised enough not to come back and take this important part’ in whatever the picture was — Pink Tights, I think — when all of a sudden she ups and marries Joe, the All-American Boy. After that, if we kept on beefing about her absence, the studio would be the big bully in the plot so far as the public was concerned.

“Then, to add to the studio’s confusion, the pair went off to Korea to entertain the troops. How are you going to snap a blacksnake whip at a girl’s calves for doing a thing like that? Snow White has married Prince Charming and they’ve gone off to Korea together to entertain the servicemen. So the studio started talking sweet in a hurry.

“However, the sharp-eyed and cynical could tell that that marriage was in danger as early as their arrival in the Orient,” Flack Jones went on. “The press interviewed Marilyn in Tokyo, and a story was radioed back which said that Marilyn had talked about this and about that, and — oh yes — there was a man in the far corner of the room whose name was Joe DiMaggio. It didn’t take much of a genius to figure that situation was the beginning of the end. Then, after an interval, the lovebirds flew back to Beverly Hills.”

“Did the studio start having its troubles making her report for work before she married DiMaggio or after she married him?” I asked.

“We were having trouble before,” Flack Jones told me.

“When was the first fly in the Monroe-Fox ointment?” I asked.

“I don’t know the exact time,” he said. “But it was not peculiar to Monroe alone. It’s peculiar to life in Hollywood. It almost invariably happens when money and success make an impact on a male or female ego. We expect it to set in when the fan mail of the party in question zooms up to over two thousand a week. It’s almost as much of a sure thing as the thermostat in your house turning on the heat. Two thousand fan letters a week is when we begin to say. ‘We’ll be having troubles with this doll.”

“What form does it usually take?” I asked. “‘I want more dough,’ or ‘I don’t like my contract.’ or ‘My script stinks’?”

“A better way to answer your question is to say that when they realize they’ve got weight to throw around, they start throwing it,” Flack Jones said. “They don’t do those things you mentioned right away; they do less serious things first. They complain about wardrobe, or, if it’s a musical, they complain about the songs or the dances, or, if it’s a plain comedy or a straight drama, they gripe about how a certain scene is being directed. Whatever’s handy, that’s what they complain about. It makes no sense, but it’s a means of saying that they have some weight now, and they want you to know it.”

“What’s the next move?” I asked.

Flack Jones rubbed his fingers over his scalp thoughtfully and said, “Ordinarily it’s a preliminary test of strength, like bracing the front office for more dough for your dramatic coach.

“When she found out that she had that much weight, she decided to go out for herself, and she did. Some people think that she has always been a naive, flibbertigibbet girl moving through life. This is utter nonsense. She wasn’t that way when she first was under contract; she was a grown person then. She kept her dates, she was always on time.”

From now on,” Jones said, “what I say is merely my own opinion, but I think that it was then that she discovered that there are people in Hollywood who respect other people who kick their teeth in. That’s not just Hollywood for you. Most people do.”

“Let’s cut to the split-up between Joe and Marilyn,” I said. “As I recall it, first there were rumors of strife, then things reached an impasse.”

“Joe and Marilyn had a rented house on Palm Drive, in Beverly Hills,” Jones said. “We had a unique situation there with the embattled ex-lovebirds both cooped in the same cage. Marilyn was living on the second floor and Joe was camping on the first floor. Then a famous attorney, Jerry Giesler, was brought into the act for Marilyn, although why they had to employ such a great lawyer to handle a simple divorce case I don’t know. The public was all worked up, the press was, too, and they’re circling the house like Indians loping around a wagon tram, waiting for somebody to poke a head out. The next move was Giesler’s announcement that came Wednesday, at eleven o’clock, Marilyn would hold a press conference in his office.

“In the Fox publicity department,” Jones said, “we concluded that if you call a press conference in a lawyer’s office, it presupposes an obligation to say something, and what could Snow White say when she was breaking up with Prince Charming, or Cinderella say when she was splitting from the All-American Boy? Any press conference would only bring more characters out to chase Marilyn from her house to Giesler’s office. And once they got there, if anybody issued one of those ‘They’re just a young couple who couldn’t make a go of it’ statements, it would only irritate everybody.

“So the studio issued a statement of its own in advance. We said that Marilyn wasn’t going to hold any press conference, but she’d be leaving for work at ten o’clock from her house, to fulfill her commitment on Seven Year Itch, based on the Broadway play of the same name and costarring Tom Ewell, in Cinemascope. Once we’d got in that plug, we said that while we didn’t promise an interview, the boys would get some pictures. So forty or fifty of the press congregated. In addition, there were several hundred volunteer reporters and photographers in the trees and trampling the lawn.

“Then an unbelievable thing happened,” Flack Jones said. He grinned when he thought of it. “They were all there to get a picture of Marilyn going to work, because it would be the first picture since her announcement that she wanted a divorce, and all at once, in front of the house a great, big, beautiful automobile pulled up. In it was a friend of Joe’s from San Francisco. As I’ve said, Joe’s been in that house for three days on the first floor, with Marilyn on the second. There was a back alley, and a rejected husband could have snuck out of that back alley and disappeared if he’d wanted to. But Joe faced up to his responsibilities and took them like a man. So what do the press and newsreels get? A bonus! Out of the front door comes Joe, grim-lipped, walking the last long mile, with his pal carrying his suitcase.

“The press stopped him on the lawn, but Joe had no comment to make. They got pictures of him as he climbed into the car slowly, and one guy asked, ‘Where you going, Joe?’

“‘I’m going home,’ Joe said.

“‘We thought this was your home, Joe,’ chirped the press like a Greek chorus.

“San Francisco has always been my home,’ Joe said. He stood there waving farewell, then he drove away.”

Looking at Flack Jones, I could see that he was still marveling at a scene which no press agent would have thought of inventing in his wildest dreams. He said, “I’ve always admired Joe for that. A lot of guys would have sneaked out the back way and gone to San Francisco, avoiding that encounter in the front yard. Not old Joe.

“About ten minutes later, Marilyn came down the stairs, sobbing, on Giesler’s arm. She was all broken up. Everybody was shoving and pushing. A lady columnist kicked the crime reporter for the Los Angeles Mirror in the shins. He turned on her and asked, ‘Who do you think you’re kicking?’ and she said, ‘I’ll kick you in the pants if you don’t get out of my way.’ All in all, there was quite a hubbub. The newsreel guys were grinding away, and somebody asked, ‘How about Joe, Marilyn?’ and Marilyn said, between sobs, ‘1 can’t talk! I can’t!’ And she got in a car and drove off.”

1956-05-19-SEP-pic1  Later, when I talked to Marilyn in New York, I guided our conversation around to a story written by Aline Mosby, of the United Press. The story was about how Marilyn had told her that she had bought Joe a king-size, eight-foot bed because she didn’t approve of separate bedrooms. “People say it’s chic to have separate bedrooms,” Marilyn told me. “That way a man can have a place for his fishing equipment and guns as well as sleeping, and a woman can have a fluffy, ruffly place with rows and rows of perfume bottles. The way I feel, they ought to share the same bedroom. With a separate-bedroom deal, if you happen to think of something you want to say, it means you have to go traipsing down the hall, and you may be tired. For that matter, you may forget what you started out to say. Besides, separate bedrooms are lonely. I think that people need human warmth even when they’re asleep and unconscious.”

There were other things I wanted to ask her. “I’ve heard that in Asphalt Jungle you displayed a highly individual way of walking that called attention to you and made you stand out. I’ve heard a lot of people try to describe the way you walk, and some of those descriptions are pretty lurid. How do you describe it?”

She leaned forward, placed her elbows on a table and cupped her chin in her palms. She was very effective that way. “I’ve never deliberately done anything about the way I walk,” she said. “People say I walk all wiggly and wobbly, but I don’t know what they mean. I just walk. I’ve never wiggled deliberately in my life, but all my life I’ve had trouble with people who say I do. In high school the other girls asked me, ‘Why do you walk down the hall that way?’ I guess the boys must have been watching me and it made the other girls jealous or something, but I said, ‘I learned to walk when I was ten months old, and I’ve been walking this way ever since.’”

In California I had asked Flack Jones, “What would you say Marilyn does best? Is her walk her greatest asset?” Jones regarded the feathery top of a slender, swaying palm tree, as if searching for an answer. “She does two things beautifully,” he said. “She walks and she stands. Also, as I’ve already told you she has wit enough to buy her clothes one or two sizes too small, and with a chassis like hers, this infuriates women and intrigues guys. From a woman’s standpoint, there is no subtlety in such gowns. I remember when Marilyn came to a party. In a number which fitted her like a thin banana peel and the other women there thought it outrageous. Comments were made about that gown in a gossip column.”

“How did Marilyn react to that?” I asked.

“Marilyn asked me, ‘What should I have done?”’ Jones said. “I said, ‘Look, honey, the men loved it. Pay no attention to what the gossip-column cat said. You’re a man’s woman, so dress for men, not for other women. Any time you quit dressing for men you’re out of business.’”

I told Jones that I’d been trying to find a phrase which would describe her walk, but that I hadn’t been able to. “I can’t help you there,” Jones said. “I’ve heard the words ‘quivering’ and ‘trembling’ used in connection with her walk, but I don’t know a description that really does the job. But when she walks across a screen a couple or three times, she attracts attention — a whole lot. That much I know.

“The public laughed at her walk in Niagara,” Jones told me, “but Marilyn was only doing what the director wanted her to. It wasn’t up to her to cut the picture or to tell the director not to point the camera at her during a long walk across cobblestones. I challenge any girl to walkdown a cobblestoned street in high heels without wiggling at least once.”

After his analysis of Marilyn as a pedestrian, Flack Jones picked up our conversational threads where we’d broken them off with her parting from Joe DiMaggio, and tied them together again. “After that she came back and finished Seven Year Itch at Fox,” he said. “Her agent, Charlie Feldman, flung a snazzy party for her at Romanoff’s, and she went to New York. The next thing anybody knew, she announced that, with a New York photographer named Milton Greene, she had formed Marilyn Monroe, Inc. She’s the president of the corporation; Greene’s vice-president. But I have reason to think that she’d done that before she left Hollywood, for a hairdresser at the studio told me that one day when he had Marilyn in front of his mirror, she had said, ‘Gee, I feel good. I’m incorporated.’”

I put it to Jones, “When she left the studio that last time, was it a clean, sharp break or did her relations with the studio gradually become fuzzy and vague?”

“After Itch,” Flack Jones said, “she simply didn’t show up again. I don’t know whether you’d call that sharp or vague.”

I said, when I finally met Marilyn, “The way I get it, you invented a whole new system of holding out; you just disappeared.”

“I disappeared because if people won’t listen to you, there’s no point in talking to people,” Marilyn told me. “You’re just banging your head against a wall. If you can’t do what they want you to do, the thing is to leave. I never got a chance to learn anything in Hollywood. They worked me too fast. They rushed me from one picture into another.

“I know who started all of those stories which were sent out about me after I left Hollywood the last time,” she added. One paper had an editorial about me. It said: ‘Marilyn Monroe is a very stupid girl to give up all the wonderful things the movie industry has done for her and go to New York to learn how to act.’ Those weren’t the exact words, but that was the idea. That editorial was supposed to scare me, but it didn’t, and when I read it and I realized that it wasn’t frightening me, I felt strong. That’s why I know I’m stronger than I was.”

She thought for a while; then she said, “I’m for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is, the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them an individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It’s tragic.”

Going back to a straight question-and-answer routine, I said, “You’re habitually late for appointments. What are the psychological reasons for your lateness?’

“I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve never come to any conclusion. If I knew, I’d get over it.”

I said that I’d heard she was so nervous before appointments that she was sometimes became nauseated. I asked if this was caused by a feeling of pressure — of people pushing and hauling and pulling at her.

“You’d throw up, too, in some situations,” she told me. “I flew into New York at eight o’clock one morning and there were photographers waiting to take pictures of me at the airport, and all that morning I had a series of interviews with newspaper people. Those interviews came twenty minutes or a half hour apart. Then I was rushed to a luncheon with a group of magazine people, and right after luncheon I tore over to the Daily News Building. I don’t think anybody can take that routine very long. Another complication is that I have a certain stupid sincerity. I don’t want to tell everybody who interviews me the same thing. I want them all to have something new, different, exclusive. When I worry about that, I start to get sick at my stomach.”

I asked her if writers had ever prepared material for her to use in an “interview” or in a “by-line story.”

“I refuse to let articles appear in movie magazines signed ‘By Marilyn Monroe,” she said. “I might never see that article and it might be O.K.’d by somebody in the studio. This is wrong, because when I was a little girl I read signed stories in fan magazines and I believed every word of them. Then I tried to model my life after the lives of the stars I read about. If I’m going to have that kind of influence, I want to be sure it’s because of something I’ve actually said or written.”

“I’ve been told that you devote hours to selecting and editing pinup pictures of yourself,” I said.

“I haven’t so far,” she told me. “But maybe it’s time I did. At least I’d like to have my pictures not look any worse than I do. I’d like them to resemble me a little bit. With some photographers, all they ask is that a picture doesn’t look blurred, as if you’ve moved while they were taking it. If it’s not blurry they print it.”

“Somewhere,” I said, “I’ve read that at least half of the photographs taken of you are killed because they are too revealing.”

“That’s the Johnston Office for you,” she sighed. “They’re very small about stuff like that, and what the Johnston Office passes, the studio ruins with retouching. After one sitting of thirty poses, twenty-eight of those poses were killed. The Johnston Office spends a lot of time worrying about whether a girl has cleavage or not. They ought to worry if she doesn’t have any. That really would make people emotionally disturbed. I don’t know what their reasoning is,” she went on with a puzzled air. “They certainly can’t expect girls to look like boys.”

“I’ve read that your measurements are 37-23-34,” I told her.

“If you’re talking about my lower hips, they’re thirty-seven inches,” she said. “If you’re talking about my upper hips, they’re thirty-four.” Eying her, I tried to decide where “upper” hip left off and “lower” began. I gave up.

“Nowadays,” she said, “there’s a vogue for women with twenty-twenty-twenty figures. Models in the high-style magazines stick out their hipbones and nothing else. But I’m a woman, and the longer I am one the more I enjoy it. And since I have to be a woman, I’m glad I’m me. I’ve been asked, ‘Do you mind living in a man’s world?’ I answer, ‘Not as long as I can be a woman in it.’”

“There’s another thing I want to ask you,” I said. “It’s about something you said to a man in the Fox Studio legal department. You said, ‘I don’t care about money. I just want to be wonderful.’ He didn’t know what you meant by that.”

“I meant that I want to be a real actress instead of a superficial one,” Marilyn herself told me. “For the first time I’m learning to use myself fully as an actress. I want to add something to what I had before. I want to be in the kind of pictures where I can develop, not just wear tights. Some people thought that they were getting their money’s worth when they saw me in The Seven Year Itch, but in future I want people to get even more for their money when they see me. Only today a taxi driver said to me, ‘Why did they ever put you in that little stinker, River of No Return?’

“I thought it was a good question,” Marilyn told me. “I’m with that taxi driver. He’s my boy. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t accept River of No Return today. I think that I deserve a better deal than a Z cowboy movie, in which the acting finishes third to the scenery and CinemaScope. The studio was CinemaScope-conscious then, and that meant that it pushed the scenery instead of actors and actresses.” Without missing a beat, she switched gears into another subject. “One of the things about leaving Hollywood and coming to New York and attending the Actors’ Studio was that I felt that I could be more myself,” she said. “After all, if I can’t be myself, who can I be?” I shook my head. She had me puzzled too.

Nunnally Johnson had directed How to Marry a Millionaire, costarring Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn. “Do her pictures make a lot of money?” I asked him in Hollywood.

“Millionaire earned a tremendous amount,” Nunnally told me.

“What about The Seven Year Itch?” I asked.

“Variety reports it as the top Fox grosser for 1955,” he said. “But speaking for myself, I can’t say that I saw the ‘new Marilyn Monroe’ in The Seven Year Itch that some others did. I thought that essentially it was the same performance, just longer. Still, this could scarcely be a cause for worry for her; God had given her that equipment and it was still magnificent. She was still a phenomenon.”

“Maybe she’ll grow into a young Mae West and make people laugh at sex,” I suggested.

Johnson agreed that it might be a good thing if she could do that. “I believe that the first time anybody genuinely liked Marilyn for herself, in a picture, was in How to Marry a Millionaire,” he said. “She herself diagnosed the reason for that very shrewdly, I think. She said that this was the only picture she’d been in in which she had a measure of modesty. Not physical modesty, but modesty about her own attractiveness. In Millionaire she was nearsighted; she didn’t think men would look at her twice, because she wore glasses; she blundered into walls and stumbled into things and she was most disarming. In the course of the plot she married an astigmatic; so there they were, a couple of astigmatic lovers. In her other pictures they’ve cast her as a somewhat arrogant sex trap, but when Millionaire was released, I heard people say, ‘Why, I really liked her!’ in surprised tones.”

These comments of Johnson’s were made before Marilyn was enlightened by exposure to the Actors’ Studio. Upon her return from New York to work at Fox in Bus Stop, Johnson did see a “new Marilyn Monroe.”

“In contrast to the old Marilyn, in her present incarnation she is a liberated soul, happy, co-operative, friendly, relaxed,” he wrote me. “Actually, it is as if she had undergone a psychoanalysis so successful that the analyst himself was flabbergasted. Now she’s different; her behavior and her manner as a member of the social order are O.K. As for her acting, that remains to be seen.”

I told Marilyn that I had read an Associated Press story which estimated that her newest contract — scheduled to run for seven years — would bring her more than $8,000,000. When I mentioned this, she said, “Eight million dollars is a lot. However, no matter what they tell you, it’s not for money alone that I’m going back to Hollywood. I am free to make as many pictures for my own company as I do for Fox, and I can do TV and stage shows.”

Among others I’d talked to about Marilyn, before discussing her with herself, was Milton H. Greene, the New York photographer who’d become vice president of Marilyn Monroe Productions.

“I don’t know where they got that figure eight million, either,” Greene had told me. “Not from me or Marilyn.” He went on, “I don’t ask you what you make, do I? Everybody wants an exclusive release or an exclusive interview with Marilyn on the subject, and I want everybody to be happy, but things like that are confidential.”

Like Marilyn, Greene asked me not to use a tape-recording machine when interviewing him. “Makes me stutter,” he said. So, carefully, laboriously, and word for word, I wrote down everything he said to me. While doing it, I noticed no signs of stuttering. Evidently a notebook and pencils didn’t bother him. Greene had also asked me to put the initial “H” in his name, making it Milton H. Greene. “Would you mind very much?” he said. “There’re other Milton Greenes who are also in the photography business.”

He had met Marilyn when he had gone to California to do a series of photographs of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Simmons and Marilyn Monroe. It hadn’t been his idea to do anything too sexy. “After all,” he said, “in a national magazine you can only expose so much of a girl, even if the girl is willing. Marilyn turned out to be different from what I thought she’d be. More sensitive.”

Greene had gone to California on a second assignment, and had begun to think of doing a book of photographs of Marilyn. “The book isn’t out yet,” he said, “but I’ll show you a few of the pictures I made for it. It will be Marilyn in different moods and settings, as if she were playing different parts.” He went to a shelf and brought back a box of aluminum squares. Each square contained a color transparency. “Here’s one where she looks as if she’s in England,” he said. “As you can see, she’s wearing an Edwardian hat. Here’s one where she looks like Bernadette in The Song of Bernadette.” I looked at that one for a long time. It was, I thought, a novel idea.

Milton H. Greene watched me write down what he’d said in my notebook; then he went off on a slight tangent. “One day I plan to do a cookbook for dogs,” he said. “It would contain dog-dish recipes. I think it would be amusing.” I brought him back from his dog cookbook project to his association with Marilyn. “In Hollywood,” he said, “we got to talking. This was after she’d made Seven Year Itch and after her divorce from Joe, and I told her that I hoped to go into television and theatrical production. I found that all Marilyn wants is to make just enough money to be able to afford to make good pictures. That’s the way I feel about it, too, so Marilyn Monroe Productions hopes to buy a good story property; then approach the right studio about making and distributing the picture.”

He stood up, walked around his office and came back to his chair. “If Marilyn had been only interested in making money,” he said, “she wouldn’t have been interested in me.”

When I asked Marilyn to tell me about her association with the Actors’ Studio, she said that she not only attended classes there, but had also had private lessons from Lee Strasberg and his wife, who are the mainsprings of the project.

Greene told me, “Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, Kim Stanley, Julie Harris and Montgomery Clift all studied under the Strasbergs. Marilyn observes, studies and watches. She listens to lectures. Occasionally she is allowed to take part.”

The Actors’ Studio lets interested people like Marilyn sit in on an informal, guest basis. She is not an officially enrolled student member of the Actors’ Studio, because you are not admitted there on that basis unless you have contributed something notable on the stage in a performance or have passed a series of exacting auditions. Just wanting to be in isn’t enough. This is very smart of the Strasbergs, because it eliminates all those who are without talent; otherwise the studio would be full of women all seven feet tall and all trying to be actresses.

I said to Marilyn that I’d heard she’d spent some time with Terence Rattigan, the British playwright, discussing the screenplay he was adapting for her from his London stage success, The Sleeping Prince, a vehicle in which Sir Laurence Olivier had played the prince. Sir Laurence had also agreed to play the same role opposite Marilyn and also to direct the film. “I had a bad cold the evening I spent with Mr. Rattigan, and he said I sounded like Tallulah Bankhead,” Marilyn told me proudly. Then she added thoughtfully, “Mr. Rattigan is young, but not too young.”

I asked her what she meant. She smiled and said, “I guess you want me to say over twelve and not quite ninety. I don’t know how old Mr. Rattigan is. I’d say he’s kind of ageless.”

I asked her to give me a hint of the story line followed by The Sleeping Prince. “I’m an American chorus girl in London, in it,” she said, “and the regent of a foreign country notices me and asks me to a reception at his country’s legation. I wriggle into my only formal and go, only it turns out it’s not a large gathering at all. In fact, it’s the same stale bit that’s been tried out on girls for the last three thousand years: dinner for two, candles, wine and soft music, when she’s expecting other guests. The next thing I know, I’ve had too much champagne and I’ve passed out. I won’t tell you any more. You ought to be willing to spend money to find out what happens next.

“The truth is,” she said, “the plot is about a man who’s been asleep — at least his emotional something or other has been asleep — but little by little a relationship builds up between him and this American chorus girl, and he begins to stir in his sleep, as you might say. He’s a married man, but that doesn’t complicate things because he’s sophisticated about the whole deal. Terence Rattigan describes it as ‘an occasional fairy tale or a comedy with serious overtones.’”

Weeks before, when I’d talked to Billy Wilder about Marilyn, I’d said to him, “I should think it would take a great deal of mature mental and moral strength to cope with becoming an enormous success overnight. It must be unsettling to suddenly become a sex symbol known all over the world.”

Wilder replied, “It’s my opinion that she’s basically a good girl, but what’s happened to her is enough to drive almost anybody slightly daffy, even someone who is armored with poise and calmness by his background and bringing up. You take a girl like Marilyn, who’s never really had a chance to learn, who’s never really had a chance to live, and suddenly confront her with a Frankenstein’s monster of herself built of fame and publicity and notoriety, and naturally she’s a little mixed up and made giddy by it all. However, I’d like to go on record with this: I worked with her in Seven Year Itch and I had a good time with her. She was seldom on time, but it wasn’t because she overslept. It was because she had to force herself to come to the studio. She’s emotionally upset all the time; she’s scared and unsure of herself — so much so that when I worked with her I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. It might be that I couldn’t have helped her, but she would have looked lovely on a couch.”

“You mean you didn’t get annoyed when she was late?” I asked.

“I understood the reasons for it,” Wilder told me. “There was no use getting annoyed. Even at the beginning, when I discovered that I had let myself in for a certain amount of trouble, I found myself liking her. At no time did I find her malicious, mean, capricious or anything but conscientious. There are certain urges and drives in her which make her different, but, as a director, I think it worth combating those things and living with them in order to work with her.”

I found myself hoping that Josh Logan, who will direct her in her next picture, the filmed version of Bus Stop, and Buddy Adler, the producer who bought that play for Fox, would feel the same way about her Wilder feels. That’s what she does to you. In spite of her spells of procrastination carried to fantastic lengths, in spite of her verbal convolutions, you wind up liking her.

By “her” I mean, of course, all of the various Marilyn Monroes — and there are several of them. There is the sexpot Marilyn Monroe; she’s the one who tries so hard to live up to the legend of her sexiness that even her own stomach sometimes can’t take it. Then there’s the frightened Marilyn Monroe, product of a broken home and a battered childhood — a girl named Mortenson who still can’t believe that she’s that girl on the screen they’re making all the fuss about. And last of all there is “The New Marilyn Monroe” — the one who is supposed to have emerged from the Actors’ Studio as a composed and studied performer, “having achieved growth” and “developed more.”

Somehow, as I neared the end of my interview, I found myself wondering if people would accept her as the new and different Marilyn Monroe she thinks she is. I had heard one man say, “Even if you hung Ethel Barrymore’s and Helen Hayes’ talent on Marilyn’s beautiful body, people wouldn’t take her acting seriously.”

To my surprise, I realized that I was dreading the possibility that when she turned on her new brand of acting, audiences might laugh at her, as they laughed at Zasu Pitts when she went in for “heavy drahma” after a lifetime as a comedienne.

“It doesn’t scare me,” Marilyn told me bravely, when I mentioned my fears. “If I have the same things I had before I started to go to the Actors’ Studio and I’ve added more — well, how can I lose?”

Whether she has really “added more” or not, I don’t know. But, as she herself points out, she does — emphatically — still have the same things she had before. My guess is that they’re still negotiable at the box office.


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22 janvier 2017

1955, New York, Gladstone Hotel

Marilyn Monroe quitte le Gladstone Hotel de New York - vers 1955
Marilyn Monroe leaves the Gladstone Hotel, in New York City - circa 1955

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- de la collection de Frieda Hull, une fan des Monroe Six

-from the personal collection of Frieda Hull, one of the 'Monroe Six'


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15 janvier 2017

The Lost Footage of Marilyn Monroe

 logo_thenytimes   The Lost Footage of Marilyn Monroe
That film image of Ms. Monroe’s skirt rising high in a gust of air? It’s a reshoot of a discarded and more risqué scene seldom seen until now.

published in January 13, 2017
by HELENE STAPINSKIJAN
en ligne sur nytimes.com

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A still of Marilyn Monroe filming “The Seven Year Itch” on the Upper East Side from the found footage of Jules Schulback, a furrier and avid taker of home movies.
 Credit Jules Schulback, via Bonnie Siegler

It happened one night in the late summer of 1954.
Jules Schulback, a New York furrier and taker of home movies, heard that Marilyn Monroe would be on the Upper East Side of Manhattan filming scenes again for her new picture, “The Seven Year Itch.” Two days earlier, Mr. Schulback had taken footage of her with his 16-millimeter Bolex movie camera around the corner from his townhouse apartment.

So he grabbed the camera — the one usually used for family picnics and parades and the stuff of everyday life — and headed over to the subway grate in front of Wright’s Food shop, just down the street from the Trans-Lux movie theater on Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street.
Though it was around 1 a.m., a large crowd had already gathered, mostly newspaper photographers and curious men waiting to see Marilyn. The movie studio and the director, Billy Wilder, had counted on this, inviting the press and the public to drum up buzz for the new movie, which starred Ms. Monroe as “the Girl Upstairs,” who entices a middle-aged executive, played by Tom Ewell, while his wife is away with the kids for the summer.

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Mr. Schulback captured Billy Wilder, the director of “The Seven Year Itch,”
with Ms. Monroe in the background in her famous dress,
accessorized by a white clutch and a red-and-white scarf.
Credit Jules Schulback, via Bonnie Siegler 

In the famous street scene, the two are leaving the movies as Ms. Monroe pauses over a grate to enjoy the breeze from the subway as it blows up her dress on a hot summer night. “Isn’t it delicious ?” she purrs. The breeze came from a large fan under the grate operated by the film’s special effects chief. The night — Sept. 15 — was actually quite chilly. But the stunt worked. It became known as “the shot seen around the world.”

But there was a dark subtext to the comedy. Gathered at that late hour were hundreds of gawkers, almost all men, who catcalled and yelled things like, “Higher! Higher !” as Ms. Monroe’s dress blew up over her head. For two hours, the men watched from surrounding buildings and from the street.

Unfortunately, one of them was her husband, Joe DiMaggio,” Mr. Wilder is quoted as saying in his biography, “Nobody’s Perfect.” “And he didn’t like what he saw, or what everyone else was seeing.
Mr. DiMaggio hadn’t planned on visiting the set that night, and was waiting for his wife at the St. Regis Hotel, where the couple were staying. But the columnist Walter Winchell had persuaded him to come along. Ms. Monroe was not happy her husband had shown up. But he was even more unhappy and angrily stormed off. Later that night the couple had a screaming fight in their room. The next morning, her hairdresser covered up Ms. Monroe’s bruises with makeup. Three weeks later, Ms. Monroe filed for divorce.

Mr. Wilder never used the Lexington Avenue footage and reshot the scene on a closed lot in Hollywood, though photographs of that night appeared everywhere. Except for some brief, grainy shots from a newsreel covering the divorce, footage from that night was never screened.
The footage immediately disappeared,” Mr. Wilder said in the biography. “But one day I’m sure some film scholar will dig it up.


A filmstrip discovered in a shopping bag filled with home movies offers a rare glimpse of
Marilyn Monroe in color in New York.
By JULES SCHULBACK, VIA BONNIE SIEGLER

The story of the night Marilyn Monroe’s white halter-top dress blew up was well known among Jules Schulback’s children, and even among his grandchildren. His granddaughter Bonnie Siegler said he bragged from time to time about his personal film shoot with Marilyn.
He was a real raconteur,” said Ms. Siegler, a graphic designer who runs her own company, Eight and a Half. “I didn’t know if the story was real.” But even though she had never seen it, she often told people that her grandfather had footage of Marilyn Monroe on the subway grate.

Ms. Siegler’s older sister, Rayna Dineen, said her grandfather, whom they called Opi (a German term of endearment), was rarely without his camera. “He would be filming everywhere, all the time.” There were reels of vacations, family picnics, birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. He had even filmed a 12-minute day in the life of his daughters, depicting them waking up, brushing their teeth and going to school.
But the Marilyn story was one of his favorite stories to tell,” Ms. Dineen said.
It was just one of dozens of amazing tales. Mr. Schulback had a long, technicolorful life, one so filled with drama that his Monroe story sometimes seemed like a footnote.

In 1938, Mr. Schulback had argued with his family in Germany that Adolf Hitler was much more dangerous than anyone thought. According to Ms. Siegler, his family believed that Hitler’s hate speech was simply rhetoric, and that he wouldn’t act on anything he was saying. Mr. Schulback, 25 at the time, urged them to pack their bags and leave Berlin with him. But they resisted, opting to wait and see how things developed, never imagining the horror that awaited them and millions of other European Jews.
Mr. Schulback was not taking any chances.

thenytimes-0315MARILYN5-blog427 Mr. Schulback was a furrier by trade. He chronicled his family and the odd serendipitous moment in his neighborhood — such as Marilyn Monroe on location — with his 16-millimeter Bolex movie camera.

In 1938, Jews immigrating to the United States needed a sponsor, someone to take financial responsibility for them. Mr. Schulback sold everything he had, bought an expensive suit, booked passage on the Queen Mary, reserved a room at the Plaza and headed to America to find a sponsor for him and his wife, Edith, and their daughter Helen, who was then a toddler.

He was like: ‘I’m your lost, rich relative. I won’t be a burden.’ But he had no money. He played it,” Ms. Siegler said. He secured a signature, then returned to collect his family, but was stopped trying to enter Nazi Germany by a suspicious border guard. Knowing the Germans were big fans of the 1934 Clark Gable hit, “It Happened One Night,” Mr. Schulback told the guard he was the distributor for Mr. Gable’s new movie. He claimed that if he couldn’t enter the country, neither would the film. “The guy was like, ‘Oh, we love Clark Gable,’ and waved him through,” Ms. Siegler said.

Mr. Schulback grabbed Edith and Helen, again imploring his other relatives to leave, and escaped back to the United States with a few suitcases, claiming to the Nazi immigration officers that his family was going on vacation. The date was Nov. 8, the day before Kristallnacht.

In Berlin, he had been a furrier, and his shop was destroyed that night. His remaining family — four sisters, parents and in-laws — would all perish in the Holocaust.
The United States was good to Mr. Schulback. He and his family lived a happy, successful life in New York, much of it preserved in his home movies.

As a child, Ms. Siegler loved going to her grandfather’s Upper East Side apartment not just because of his great stories and sense of humor, but also because he lived opposite the New York Doll Hospital. From his apartment window, she could see the buckets of doll eyes and doll arms. “It was really intense,” she said.

When Edith had a stroke in the 1970s, she was given only a few weeks to live. But Mr. Schulback, always a man of action, refused to let his wife die in the hospital and took her home. The couple moved into the ground-floor apartment of a building around the corner, and Mr. Schulback became her nurse. “Half her body was paralyzed, she couldn’t speak,” Ms. Siegler said. “But he loved her and took care of her for 26 years until she finally died.

After 35 years in that same apartment, Mr. Schulback — who had been president of the 61st Street Block Association — was forced to leave. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation had bought the townhouse where he lived and the one behind it and wanted to reconfigure the property. So Ms. Siegler and her husband, Jeff Scher, helped move her 92-year-old grandfather to a new place on the other side of Central Park.

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Bonnie Siegler examines film of Ms. Monroe taken by Mr. Schulback,
who was her grandfather, over a light box in her studio.
Credit Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times
 

In 2004, in the arduous packing up of Mr. Schulback’s home, the couple came across a big stash of film. It was stored in a back room that the family called “Opi’s fur room,” where Mr. Schulback had once assembled garments from animal pelts for his business. “No one ever wanted to go back there,” Ms. Siegler said. “But when we went in, we found this plastic bag filled with just tons of film, home movies, bought movies and everything mixed together.

Ms. Siegler’s husband, an experimental filmmaker, couldn’t wait to screen the films. He was particularly interested in seeing whether Marilyn and the subway grate footage actually existed. “It was like this family myth,” Mr. Scher said. “So long rumored and never confirmed.”

The same was true for its source material. For decades, innuendo swirled around the Lexington Avenue shoot for “The Seven Year Itch.” Ms. Monroe and Mr. DiMaggio had married that January and had already had a bumpy ride, the Yankee Clipper enraged by her exhibitionism and by rumors of infidelity, according to Lois W. Banner, the author of the 2012 biography “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox.”
She was having an affair with her musical director at the time, and everyone knew about it in the business,” said Dr. Banner, a professor emeritus of history and gender studies at the University of Southern California. So before he even arrived on set, there was tension. “DiMaggio,” Dr. Banner said, “was not happy with Marilyn.”

There are several theories as to why the footage from that night was never used. Some believe the Manhattan shoot was done purely as a publicity stunt, which was made even more sensational when Mr. DiMaggio showed up. Some biographers say the enthusiastic crowd was just too noisy, making the film unusable.
A third theory was that the footage was too risqué and Ms. Monroe wanted to shoot a more demure version, so as not to further infuriate her husband. There was even talk at the time that she wasn’t wearing any underwear. Mr. Wilder tried to put those rumors to rest in his biography. She had put on not just one, but two sets of underwear, he said.

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Before the billowing-skirt scene, Mr. Schulback filmed Ms. Monroe in a terry robe
greeting fans and members of the press on the stoop of 164 East 61st Street.

Credit Jules Schulback, via Bonnie Siegler

Dr. Banner said all three reasons quite likely played into the final decision to reshoot. “But the photographs of that night had gone viral by the time the film was being put together,” she said, “and played a great role in her fame.” The skirt-blowing scene used in the finished film is incredibly brief and tame. The image many people have of that moment comes from the press shots and publicity stills in New York, and not from the finished movie.

Back in the pelt room of Mr. Schulback’s apartment, Mr. Scher excitedly gathered up the old metal film canisters. None were labeled, Mr. Scher recalled. Some of the film was off the reel and sitting there like big balls of spaghetti, as if there had been a projector mishap years ago.
Later that night in his studio in the couple’s apartment on West 16th Street, Mr. Scher slowly and carefully wound the film, since some of it was very brittle and in danger of breaking. He did a few repairs and then began looking at it using a light box, spooling it from reel to reel by hand. There were about 50 rolls of 16-millimeter film and around 75 rolls of 8 millimeter.
There were the family outings and parades. The birthdays and bar mitzvahs.
And there, amid the mundane scenes of precious everyday life, was Marilyn Monroe, in crisp, colorful Kodachrome. “This stuff just popped out,” Mr. Scher said. “It was real! Preserved like the home movies are, too. Just these moments in time.”
Mr. Scher could clearly see the actress’s dress billowing up. “Like a parachute with a pair of legs attached,” he said. “It was startling. Like seeing a myth materialize.”
It was a shadow version of lost footage amid home movies of a family that almost certainly wouldn’t have existed had the Schulbacks stayed in Germany.

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Ms. Siegler zeroing in to Ms. Monroe by using a photographer’s loupe.
The Schulback footage has been seldom seen since it was taken in 1954.
Credit Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times

Mr. Scher called out to his wife: “It’s really here!” They watched all 3 minutes 17 seconds in amazement.
There was something so magical about it,” Ms. Siegler said. “For years I didn’t know if it was real. I certainly didn’t believe it wholeheartedly. And there it was. It was like the end of the story.
The film starts with a spliced-in intertitle that reads “World Premiere,” Mr. Schulback’s little inside joke.

And then there is Marilyn Monroe, in a white terry robe, coming down the stoop of a white-shuttered building at 164 East 61st Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues. It was the earlier scene — before the subway grate footage — that Mr. Schulback had shot. Cameramen and press photographers are gathered outside as the actress smiles and waves.

Cut to Ms. Monroe in a second-floor window wearing a slip and blow-drying her hair. Mr. Ewell walks down the street and into the building. The film cuts inexplicably to 30 seconds of what must be a Shriners parade in Manhattan, then jumps to another intertitle, which reads “Our Baby.”

And suddenly, there is Ms. Monroe again, this time on the subway grate in that famously fluttering white dress, holding a matching white clutch in her right hand and a red-and-white-striped scarf in her left.

Mr. Schulback was incredibly close, filming right behind Mr. Wilder’s shoulder, stopping to wind his hand-held camera every 25 seconds. Now and then, a silhouette of the director’s arm intrudes into Mr. Schulback’s crystal-clear shot. At one point Mr. Wilder, in a fedora, passes across the frame. Ms. Monroe gets into position and yawns, while the cinematographer sets up the camera. Through a gap in the film crew, Mr. Schulback captures just her face, looking off to the left, serious and unsmiling.

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 Another skirt-goes-wild still from the Schulback footage.
Credit Jules Schulback, via Bonnie Siegler

Then Mr. Ewell is there, chatting with Ms. Monroe, who pushes him into position. The dress flutters again, Ms. Monroe holds it down, bending slightly, smiling and talking to Mr. Ewell, but it flutters up some more and she laughs, her head thrown back. It blows up again, but she doesn’t push it down this time, and it flies up over her head, clearly revealing two pairs of underwear that, because of the bright lights, do not protect Ms. Monroe’s modesty quite as much as she might have liked.

Then, as suddenly as she appeared, Marilyn is gone, and the film reverts to home-movie mode: Edith Schulback walking on the grass at a family outing in the country. It’s like being shaken from some crazy dream, back to reality.
Interest in that moment in film history from more than 50 years ago endures. The new movie musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, “La La Land,” makes brief filmic reference to it in the opening number, with a young dancer’s yellow dress blowing up. And a Snickers commercial from the Super Bowl last year stars Willem Dafoe, Eugene Levy and a computer-generated Monroe on the famous set. “It’s that iconic image,” said Dr. Banner, the Monroe biographer. “People are still fascinated by the context in which it all happened.”

After screening the film with her husband, Ms. Siegler immediately told her grandfather that she had found the footage. “I was so excited about it — more for the reason that his story was true.” She shrugged. “But he never had any doubts.” Mr. Schulback moved in 2005 and died six months later.
Ms. Siegler and Mr. Scher made a print and screened it for about 100 people in 2004 at the upstate home of their friends Kurt Andersen and his wife, Anne Kreamer. The two couples had started a small film festival for neighbors and friends, hanging a sheet on the side of a barn and serving popcorn, ice pops and beer.

The people in the audience that summer night had no idea what they were in for.
That scene is one of the most iconic scenes in American cinema,” said Mr. Andersen, an author, radio host and a founder of Spy magazine. “So to have film of it actually being shot, it’s like watching the Zapruder film. It’s just extraordinary.
The crowd that evening sat in silence as Marilyn Monroe’s dress blew up on the side of the barn. “People were gob-smacked,” Mr. Andersen said. “They were like, ‘What did I just see ?’”

That was the only time anyone outside the family had seen the film. Until now.

Correction: January 13, 2017 
 An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of the writer who screened the Marilyn Monroe home movie in his backyard. He is Kurt Andersen, not Anderson


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09 novembre 2016

Marilyn Monroe Auction - 11/2016 - photos 1 -snapshots


 Photographies - Instantanés en public & privé
Photographs - Public & Private Snapshots


Lot 197: MARILYN MONROE AND ELI WALLACH SNAPSHOTS
 Three vintage black and white glossy photographs of Monroe, two with Eli Wallach, at a party in the late 1950s. Two images have creases from being folded, and one has distortion in the emulsion of the photo paper.
3 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $700 - $900
245417_0 


Lot 209: MARILYN MONROE PHOTOGRAPHS OF JOE DIMAGGIO
 A group of 17color snapshots likely taken by Monroe while relaxing in Canada with Joe DiMaggio during filming of River of No Return in 1953. Six images feature DiMaggio on a boat and against scenic backdrops. Four images feature an elk; six feature scenic views. Two images feature Jean Negulesco, who was uncredited for his work on the film.
3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500 
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Lot 267: MARILYN MONROE OWNED PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARTHUR MILLER
 Five images of the famous American author and then husband of Monroe: a vintage candid photo of Miller as a young man, a photograph of Miller playing baseball, two smaller photographs of Miller by David Gahr with photographer's stamp on verso, and a snapshot of Monroe and Miller as they attended a ceremony to receive the American Friends of the Hebrew University award in Philadelphia September 27, 1959.
Largest, 8 by 10 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 315: MARILYN MONROE SNAPSHOTS
 Three vintage black and white glossy photographs of Monroe playing badminton with Hedda and Norman Rosten in Amagansett, New York, 1955.
3 1/2 by 5 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
245632_0 


Lot 317: MARILYN MONROE PARAKEET PHOTOGRAPHS
 Four color snapshots of pet parakeets including Butch, a pet parakeet kept by Monroe and Arthur Miller. The images are stamped with a date of October 1958. Additional birds named Bobo, Clyde, and another illegibly named in the margin are visible in the photographs.
3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500
245634_0  


Lot 496: PHOTOGRAPH OF MARILYN MONROE WITH MAF
 A small trimmed color photograph of Monroe holding Maf, her poodle, with super fan and friend of Monroe James Haspiel taken in June 1961. The photograph was printed subsequently in December of the same year.
2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500
245907_0  


Lot 498: MARILYN MONROE PHOTOGRAPHS OF MAF
 Two small color snapshots of Monroe's pet Maltese Maf, short for Mafia, a gift from Frank Sinatra.
3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
245911_0  


Lot 572: MARILYN MONROE INCOGNITO SNAPSHOT
 A small color snapshot of Monroe wearing a brunette wig and scarf around her head in disguise. A number of stories have been told regarding Monroe dressing in a brunette wig and going out to bars to see how men responded to her when she wasn't "being" Marilyn. This image documents Monroe as she appeared in a brunette disguise.
3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
246010_0  


Lot 587: MARILYN MONROE PHOTOGRAPHS OF FIFTH HELENA DRIVE PROPERTY
 A group of four vintage black and white photographs, most likely of the kitchen and laundry room of the guest house at Monroe's Fifth Helena Drive property prior to her renovations and decorating.
8 by 10 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500
246061_0   


Lot 627: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of three original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1953. In the photographs, Monroe wears her costume from the thriller Niagara (20th Century, 1953). One image is marked on verso "Leaving the El Capitan Theater."
Largest, 5 by 4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $200 - $400
246113_0 


Lot 633: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of four original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1953, with "La Rue Restaurant" inscribed on verso of three of the images. Some photographs from this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
246121_0 


Lot 635: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of four original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1953. One photograph is marked on verso "In front of the Mocambo,” and two are marked "Mocambo Club." All are likely never before seen images of Monroe.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
246123_0 


Lot 643: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of seven original color and black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on September 9, 1954, the same day she was interviewed by Ed Wallace at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. This lot contains three color and four black and white photographs.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $600 - $800
246133_0  247267_0 


Lot 644: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of three color slides of Marilyn Monroe from September 9, 1954, the day she was interviewed by Ed Wallace at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $200 - $400
246134_0   


Lot 645: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPH
 An original black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken with a young fan, likely in New York City, circa 1954.
5 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $200 - $300
246135_0   


Lot 650: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of five original color and black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe in New York City from September 12, 1954, one of which includes superfan James Haspiel. Monroe had arrived days earlier to film The Seven Year Itch (20th Century, 1955). This lot includes one color photograph and four black and white photographs, some possibly never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 7 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
Estimate: $400 - $600
246142_0  246143_0 


Lot 656: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPH
 An original color photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken on November 6, 1954, at a party thrown for Monroe at Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills to mark the end of shooting for The Seven Year Itch (20th Century, 1955).
3 3/4 by 2 1/4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $200
246149_0 


Lot 658: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of eight original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on various occasions, circa 1955. Most images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $700 - $900
246153_0  247269_0  


Lot 659: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A pair of original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955. One photograph shows Monroe leaving the Gladstone Hotel in New York City; the other shows her with husband Joe DiMaggio in the background. Both images are possibly never before seen.
Larger, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $300
246154_0 


Lot 660: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of 15 original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955, taken in front of the Gladstone Hotel in New York City. Some images show her with her press agent Jay Kantor. Several images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 7 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $1,400 - $1,600
246155_0 247270_0 


Lot 661: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED SNAPSHOT
 A black and white snapshot of Marilyn Monroe driving a car and posing through the driver's side window taken in the mid-1950s. The image is signed in blue ballpoint pen "Marilyn Monroe." The autograph was obtained by Frieda Hull, one of the "Monroe Six," a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly.
3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
246156_0   


Lot 662: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of six original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken at a party she attended with friend and Hollywood reporter Sidney Skolsky. Some photographs from this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $500 - $700
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Lot 666: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A pair of original Marilyn Monroe color photographs that show Monroe seated in the backseat of a vehicle, circa January 1955.
3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
Estimate: $200 - $400
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Lot 668: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of nine original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe; one reads "1/55" on verso, believed to have been taken on January 26, 1955, at the Gladstone Hotel.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $900 - $1,100
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Lot 671: MARILYN MONROE COLOR PHOTOGRAPH
 An original color photograph of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955, from when she attended Skin of Our Teeth at the ANTA Theatre in New York City. "Skin Of Our Teeth/Anta Theatre" is written in pencil on verso. This play, written by Thornton Wilder, opened in New York on August 17, 1955, and starred Helen Hayes, George Abbott, Mary Martin, and Florence Reed. The director was Alan Schneider.
5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $200
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Lot 672: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPH
 An original black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe, possibly taken on September 7, 1955, when she was going to a birthday party for Elia Kazan that had been organized by the Actors Studio. This is likely a never before seen photograph of Monroe.
5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $200
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Lot 673: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDE
 A color slide of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955, showing her in the driver's seat of a convertible wearing sunglasses. It is a candid image of Monroe "caught in the moment."
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $200
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Lot 674: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of five slides of Marilyn Monroe, from various events, circa 1955.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 675: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of nine color original photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955. Monroe is shown smiling and laughing and signing autographs for fans. Several images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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Lot 677: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe in New York City circa 1955 wearing a black gown, white fur and white evening gloves. The photo is signed in blue ink "Marilyn Monroe." The autograph was obtained by Frieda Hull, one of the "Monroe Six," a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly.
7 by 5 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 678: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe in New York City circa 1955 wearing a black gown and white fur. The photo is signed in blue ink "Marilyn Monroe." The autograph was obtained by Frieda Hull, one of the "Monroe Six," a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly.
7 by 5 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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Lot 679: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe in New York City circa 1955 wearing a black gown, white fur and black evening gloves, signed in blue ink "Marilyn Monroe." The autograph was obtained by Frieda Hull, one of the "Monroe Six," a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly.
7 by 5 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 680: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDE
 A color slide showing Marilyn Monroe in New York City, circa 1955, signing autographs for fans.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $200
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Lot 681: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of five slides of Marilyn Monroe, from various events, circa 1955.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 682: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of nine original color photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955, likely taken in front of the Gladstone Hotel in New York City. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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Lot 683: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of five original color and black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on February 26, 1955, when she attended Jackie Gleason's birthday party with husband Joe DiMaggio. This lot contains four black and white photographs and one color photograph. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 684: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken on February 26, 1955, when she attended Jackie Gleason’s birthday party with husband Joe DiMaggio. The photo is signed in blue ink “Marilyn Monroe.” The autograph was obtained by Frieda Hull, one of the “Monroe Six,” a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly.
7 by 5 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 685: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of four original color photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955, from an unidentified event. One image shows Monroe with friend, photographer, and business partner Milton Greene. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $500 - $600
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Lot 690: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe in New York City circa 1955 smiling while signing an autograph for a fan. The photo is signed in ballpoint pen "To Frieda, Love & Kisses Marilyn Monroe." The image is signed to Frieda Hull, one of the "Monroe Six," a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly. The corners of the photo are trimmed, and there is a crease on the right side of the photograph.
7 by 5 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 694: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of four slides, three showing Marilyn Monroe and one showing Arthur Miller, at various events, circa 1955.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 695: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of four slides of Marilyn Monroe, from various events, circa 1955.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 698: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of five original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe believed to have been taken in April 1955. A very casual Monroe is seen interacting with and signing autographs for fans.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 699: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe in New York City circa 1955 wearing a black gown, white fur and black evening gloves, signed in blue ink "Marilyn Monroe." The autograph was obtained by Frieda Hull, one of the "Monroe Six," a group of legendary fans with whom Monroe became friendly.
7 by 5 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 700: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of four original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe from June 1955, taken when she was returning home following an acting lesson with Lee Strasberg.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 701: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A pair of original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on July 27, 1955, when she was on her way to see Inherit the Wind on Broadway in New York City.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $300
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Lot 702: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of three original color photographs of Marilyn Monroe in New York City taken on June 7, 1955, when she was on her way to see Damn Yankees on Broadway. One photo includes Nathan Puckett, president of one of Monroe's fan clubs, in the background.
Largest, 2 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $200 - $400
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Lot 705: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of nine slides of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955. Monroe is shown smiling and laughing and signing autographs for fans. Several slides in this lot are likely never before seen.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 707: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of 10 slides of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955, from in front of the Gladstone Hotel in New York City. Some images show her with her press agent Jay Kantor and friend, photographer, and business partner Milton Greene. Some slides in this lot are likely never before seen.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $900 - $1,100
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Lot 709: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of five original color and black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on various occasions, circa 1955. This lot contains one color and four black and white images. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 710: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of nine original color photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on various occasions, circa 1955. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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Lot 715: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of three original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken circa 1955 on a New York City street. Monroe superfan James Haspiel can be partially seen in one of the photographs.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 716: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of seven original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken in New York City, circa 1955. Some images show friend, photographer, and business partner Milton Greene. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 717: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of 10 original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955. Monroe is shown smiling and laughing and signing autographs for fans. Several images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
Estimate: $900 - $1,100
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Lot 725: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A pair of original color photographs of Marilyn Monroe and husband Arthur Miller walking their basset hound Hugo and entering their apartment located at 444 East 57th Street in New York City. These images are likely never before seen.
Larger, 2 1/2 by 2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $300
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Lot 733: MARILYN MONROE PHOTOGRAPHS COLLECTED BY FRIEDA HULL
 A collection of 23 color and black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe by multiple photographers (including Milton Greene and Andre de Dienes), taken at various locations and events throughout Monroe's career, including on the set of Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956) and meeting Princess Margaret in England. Many images in this lot have stamps on the reverse from various news agencies/outlets.
Largest, 8 by 10 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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Lot 770: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of five original black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe, taken as she exited the Actors Studio in New York City, circa 1960. Several images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 771: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A group of six slides of Marilyn Monroe, from July 8, 1960, after she had completed costume and hair tests for The Misfits (United Artists, 1961).
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $500 - $700
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Lot 772: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID AND CONTACT SHEET PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of 12 color and black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken on July 8, 1960, when she completed costume and hair tests for The Misfits (United Artists, 1961). Five sepia-toned photographs of Monroe show her posing for the cameras following the test, and six photographs appear to be shots of the costume and makeup tests, four having been cut from actual contact sheets, two are reproduction photographs. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 4 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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Lot 776: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDE
 A color slide of Marilyn Monroe, from January 21, 1961, when she returned from Mexico, where she divorced third husband Arthur Miller. This slide is likely never before seen.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $200
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Lot 777: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A pair of original photographs and one copied color photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken on January 21, 1961, after returning from Mexico, where she divorced her third husband, Arthur Miller. One image is likely never before seen.
Larger, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $300
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Lot 778: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of four original color photographs and one copied color photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken on January 20, 1961, when Monroe left New York City to travel to Mexico to divorce third husband Arthur Miller. Some images in this lot are likely never before seen.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 781: MARILYN MONROE JOE DIMAGGIO NEGATIVES
 A set of 16 negatives of Joe DiMaggio vacationing in Florida, most likely on March 22, 1961. Five of the negatives show DiMaggio inside the hotel, and the remaining 11 show him on the beach under a sun cover; some shots are of DiMaggio with fans. Marilyn Monroe accompanied DiMaggio on this trip and was actually on the beach with him at some point this same day, though she's not pictured in these negatives.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $200 - $400
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Lot 782: MARILYN MONROE COLOR SLIDES
 A pair of color slides of Marilyn Monroe with her dog Maf, one with superfan James Haspiel, from June 15, 1961, upon Monroe's arrival in New York from Los Angeles. The slide of Monroe with Maf is likely never before seen.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $100 - $300
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Lot 783: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A pair of original color photographs of Marilyn Monroe with her dog Maf, one with superfan James Haspiel, taken on June 15, 1961, upon Monroe's arrival in New York from Los Angeles. The photo of Monroe with Maf is likely never before seen.
Larger, 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $300 - $400
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Lot 788: MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS COLLECTED BY FRIEDA HULL
 A group of 27 original color and black and white candid Marilyn Monroe related photographs. Monroe is shown in nearly all photograps, which were taken at various times and events throughout her career. One image shows her with superfan James Haspiel and members of the "Monroe Six," and another shows her with third husband Arthur Miller at an airport. Three photographs are on the set of Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956). Many of the candid photographs show Monroe "caught in the moment." Some images are likely never before seen. One photograph in this lot is of Miller only. One photograph shows a woman, perhaps Frieda Hull herself, standing near a cutout of Monroe from the subway grate scene in the Seven Year Itch (20th Century, 1955). One photograph shows a theater marquee displaying titles of two Monroe films, Bus Stop and Let's Make Love, possibly being screened after Monroe's death as the photograph is dated September 1962. One photograph shows a member of the "Monroe Six" with an array of cameras and equipment.
Largest, 5 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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Lot 902: MARILYN MONROE SIGNED AND INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH
 A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe leaning against a tree. Inscribed "Dear Linda, I wish you luck with your acting. Love and kisses, Marilyn Monroe Miller." This inscription was written for child star Linda Bennett.
23 by 19 inches, overall; 10 1/2 by 8 inches, sight
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 941: MARILYN MONROE CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of eight vintage black and white candid photographs of Marilyn Monroe contained in a small paper album. Accompanied by a small candid color photograph of Monroe with Lois Weber. The photographs are believed to be previously unpublished.
Album, 3 3/4 by 6 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Lois Weber
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 942: MARILYN MONROE SMALL-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of 14 small vintage black and white images of Marilyn Monroe. Many of the photographs are candid and date from different points in her career.
Largest, 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Lois Weber
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 943: MARILYN MONROE CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
 A group of seven vintage black and white candid photographs of Marilyn Monroe. Three were taken on the set behind the scenes of Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956).
Largest, 3 1/4 by 4 3/4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Lois Weber
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Bobines films & Matériel photographique
Home Movies & Photographic Equipment


Lot 76: MARILYN MONROE JOHN F. KENNEDY 1962 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FILM REEL
 An 8mm film reel of clips from the May 19, 1962, John F. Kennedy 45th birthday celebration held at Madison Square Garden. The eight-minute film shows clips of the venue, performers, and attendees, including John F. Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe, who appears for approximately 30 seconds; Robert Kennedy; Maria Callas; Henry Fonda; Jack Benny; Peter Lawford, who hosted the event; and Lyndon B. Johnson among others. The film was transferred from its original tin reel to a plastic reel. Accompanied by a DVD of the footage.
Reel, 5 3/4 inches
PROVENANCE Lot 41, "Entertainment Memorabilia," Christie's, New York, Sale number 1391, June 24, 2004
 Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Lot 248: MARILYN MONROE IN KOREA FILM
An 8mm film reel containing five minutes and 34 seconds of silent film footage, in both black and white and color, of Monroe in Korea in 1954. The first minute and a half features Monroe arriving to camp via helicopter and being escorted by various military personnel. The footage then shifts to color and shows approximately one minute of footage of some of the performers leading up to Monroe. Monroe appears for another minute of footage performing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and then signing autographs for the crowd. The remaining footage features atmospheric shots of the camp and soldiers. The footage has been transferred to a DVD that is included with this lot.
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Lot 696: MARILYN MONROE FRIEDA HULL'S PERSONAL SLIDE INDEX AND VIEWER
 A 1950s era Fodeco photography slide index and viewer, manufactured by Technical Devices Corporation, that originally belonged to Frieda Hull.
10 1/2 by 5 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $500 - $700

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Lot 697: MARILYN MONROE FRIEDA HULL 35MM CAMERA
 A Mercury II, model CX, serial no. 164404, with Universal 2.7 Tricor lens and original leather case. Together with an external flash and reflector, unrelated lens hood and telephoto lens accessory. Frieda Hull can be seen using this camera in lot 726.
Largest, 4 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $200 - $300

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Lot 727: MARILYN MONROE HOME MOVIE REEL
 A vintage home movie reel featuring Marilyn Monroe at multiple locations. June 29, 1956, Monroe, soon-to-be husband Arthur Miller, and Miller's parents are seen at a press conference at Miller's farm in Roxbury, Connecticut. Monroe and Miller were married later this day. This scene from the film is approximately 23 seconds. Note that parts of this scene are repeated at the end of the film. Various footage from 1956 shows Monroe at airports traveling to and from Los Angeles to film Bus Stop (20th Century, 1956). These scenes from the film are approximately 40 seconds in length. Total length: one minute, 37 seconds.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
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Lot 769: MARILYN MONROE JAMES HASPIEL HOME MOVIE REEL
 A vintage home movie reel in the original box addressed to James Haspiel, featuring Marilyn Monroe at multiple locations. May 30, 1958, Monroe is seen leaving her 444 East 57th Street apartment in New York City. She carries a large bouquet of flowers as she, husband Arthur Miller, and others pack luggage into a station wagon and then depart. Just three days prior, Monroe was photographed by Richard Avedon for Life magazine. This scene from the film is approximately one minute, two seconds and likely never before publicly seen. May 13, 1959, Monroe and Miller are seen arriving at the Italian Consulate on Park Avenue in New York City, where Monroe received the David di Donatello Award, the equivalent of the Academy Award, for her work in The Prince and the Showgirl (Warner Bros., 1957). This film includes extensive coverage of Monroe inside the Consulate and waving to fans from an upper floor window in the building. This scene from the film is approximately one minute, 22 seconds. July 8, 1961, Monroe is seen posing after having just completed hair and costume tests for The Misfits (United Artists, 1961). Haspiel appears with Monroe in part of this footage. This scene from the film is approximately 38 seconds. Total length: three minutes, three seconds.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Frieda Hull
 Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 
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22 octobre 2016

Marilyn Monroe Auction - 11/2016 - effets personnels 2


Maison, Meubles, Déco
House, Furnitures, Deco


Lot 582: MARILYN MONROE HOME RENOVATION NOTEBOOK
 An extraordinary, blue cloth over board, "project management" three-ring binder kept by one of Monroe's assistants chronicling the purchase and ongoing renovation and decoration of her home located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood, California. The notebook begins with an information sheet and lot diagram as well as a typed renovation and additions budget for the property totaling $34,877.36 against a purchase price of $57,609.95. The book also contains four pages of phone numbers, including neighbors, utilities, friends, secretaries, and professional colleagues, dated January 20, 1962; a list of the appliances in the kitchen and their cost; three pages regarding furniture and shipments from Mexico; approximately 36 business cards from various contractors; approximately 28 pages of notes on various renovation projects and to-do lists; a page with notes regarding terracing and planting the hillside; seven drawings of exterior floor plan for possible apartment above the garage for a cook; three renderings of options for a table and another decorative element for the home; and a listing of bills due as of August 16, 1962. The last page of the book lists "Moet - Champagne vintage 1952/ et Chandon a Epernay/ Cuvee Dom Perignon - 13.88." The book lists dates that furniture is due to be delivered from various suppliers, many after Monroe's death, as well as dimensions of each room of the home for the purpose of ordering "white India" carpet. It also has estimates to have the pool resurfaced, water heater moved, fountain built, and laundry room and shower expanded for people using the pool as well as notes about decoration of a "play room," fabrication of a new gate, bars for windows, and shelving to be built, among many other things. The notebook makes it very clear that the home was a work in progress at the time of Monroe's death.
11 1/4 by 10 inches
 Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Lot 586: MARILYN MONROE DOCUMENTS REGARDING FURNISHING HER HOME
 A group of invoices dating to February 28, 1962, from various Mexican boutiques listing the purchase of a great number of pieces of furniture and home furnishings, including enamel trays, benches, chairs, tables, and other pieces purchased in Mexico for Monroe's Fifth Helena Drive residence. Together with a two-page typed signed letter dated July 26, 1962, signed "Mura," giving a full report to Monroe's secretary Eunice Murray regarding her buying trip in Mexico and status of custom-ordered tin panels, fabric, rugs, iron fire screen, and tiles. The letter demonstrates the fact that Monroe was still quite actively working on her home at the time of her death.
Largest, 8 1/2 by 11 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600 

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Lot 476: MARILYN MONROE SILVER STEELMASTER FOUR-DRAWER FILING CABINET
 A vintage filing cabinet marked "Steelmaster/ Art Steel Cabinet/ New York." The third drawer has a false front concealing a combination lock safe.
52 1/4 by 18 by 26 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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 Lot 477: MARILYN MONROE BROWN DEVON FOUR-DRAWER FILING CABINET
 A vintage filing cabinet marked "W.H. Harper Co./ Devon/ El Segundo." With a metal security rod attached by a padlock.
52 1/4 by 18 by 26 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 479: MARILYN MONROE FILE FOLDERS
 Two blue Oxford file folders with tab tops and labels reading "MM - Personal" and "MM - Paid Bills - 1961." These are original folders as they were found in Monroe's filing cabinets.
9 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $80 - $120
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Lot 3: MARILYN MONROE CURIO CABINET
 A wood curio five-tier shelf from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to her friend and personal masseur, Ralph Roberts. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
31 by 13 ½ by 6 inches
PROVENANCE: Partial lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 539: MARILYN MONROE BARCELONA CHAIR
 Vintage black button tufted leather and chrome frame. Unmarked.
29 1/2 by 29 1/4 by 30 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 540: MARILYN MONROE BUTLER TRAY ON FOLDING STAND
 A metal and wood tray and stand.
24 by 31 by 22 inches
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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Lot 541: MARILYN MONROE CORDUROY UPHOLSTERED CLUB CHAIR
 With a loose seat cushion.
33 by 32 by 36 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 542: MARILYN MONROE TWO DECORATIVE METAL BENCHES
 Including a loveseat with a silk tapestry cover and a single seat with a floral needlepoint pillow cover.
Larger, 29 by 53 by 17 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 543: MARILYN MONROE CANED CHAISE LOUNGE
 With turned wood frame.
24 by 76 by 26 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 544: MARILYN MONROE CANED LOVESEAT
 With a carved walnut frame and decorative back.
32 by 40 by 18 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 545: MARILYN MONROE THREE WICKER CHAIRS
Including a Heywood-Wakefield style armchair, a rocker with a caned seat, and a small barrel-back chair (damaged).
Largest, 39 by 25 by 20 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 546: MARILYN MONROE TWO VINTAGE SIDE CHAIRS
 One with a caned seat and one with a woven seat (damaged).
Taller, 35 by 17 by 14 inches
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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Lot 553: MARILYN MONROE VICTORIAN PAPIER MÂCHÉ CHAIR
 With shell and mother of pearl inlay and a caned seat.
32 by 15 by 13 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 557: MARILYN MONROE ROCOCO STYLE BENCH
 A carved wood and parcel gilt satin upholstered bench.
24 by 40 1/2 by 14 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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Lot 558: MARILYN MONROE ROCOCO STYLE COFFEE TABLE
 A carved wood coffee table with canted edges and inset parchment top.
19 by 46 by 38 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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Lot 547: MARILYN MONROE BURLWOOD VENEER THREE-DRAWER DRESSER
 With movable jewelry display trays inside the top drawer.
36 by 47 1/2 by 22 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 548: MARILYN MONROE BAKER CAMPAIGN DRESSER
 A modern four-drawer dresser in a British 19th Century style, with brass mounted hardware.
22 by 62 by 19 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 549: MARILYN MONROE WOOD CHEST
 A locked wood chest in a rococo style.
21 by 48 by 20 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 550: MARILYN MONROE WOVEN CHEST ON CASTERS
 A woven hamper on wood casters. With interior painted decoration.
15 by 28 by 14 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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Lot 551: MARILYN MONROE CERAMIC PINK AND WHITE DOOR PANEL
 With transfer printed rose decoration, together with two key-shaped items. Marked on the back "1960 BLD."
11 by 3 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 552: MARILYN MONROE HANDPAINTED WOODEN DOOR PANEL
 With floral decoration and ivory crackle finish.
11 by 3 1/8 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 4: MARILYN MONROE OWNED LAMP BASE
 A painted plaster chalkware lamp base in the image of a girl sitting by a tree from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to her friend and personal masseur, Ralph Roberts. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Height, 12 inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 10: MARILYN MONROE OWNED OIL LAMP BASE
 An opaque glass oil lamp base from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to her friend and personal masseur, Ralph Roberts. In a letter to the consignor, Roberts states Monroe won the lamp at a country auction and used it as a flower vase, usually placed on a round table in front of a window looking toward the river. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Height, approximately 11 inches
PROVENANCE: Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 554: MARILYN MONROE CUT CRYSTAL PERFUME ETUI
 With a sterling finial marked "Sterling."
Length, 4 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 555: MARILYN MONROE CUT CRYSTAL CHATELAINE ETUI
 With a rim marked "Sterling." (Lacking lid.)
Length, 2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 244: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE ABSTRACT PARCEL GILT FAN
 A folding paper Japanese hand fan with abstract parcel gilt decoration.
15 1/2 by 24 1/2 by 2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 245: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE JAPANESE PAINTED FAN
 A folding paper hand fan featuring a peacock and pink flowering vines. In a frame under glass.
13 1/2 by 21 1/4 by 2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 559: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE BROWN SILK HANDPAINTED FAN
 A folding hand fan featuring an 18th Century man and woman. With parcel gilt birds and floral decoration. (Glass lacking.)
18 by 27 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 560: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE HANDPAINTED FRENCH FAN
 A white silk fan featuring a handpainted lady in a landscape, signed "A. Ravaux." (Glass broken.)
16 by 25 by 2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 566: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE BLACK PEACOCK FEATHER FAN
 A folding feather hand fan with carved ebonized handle.
16 by 25 by 2 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 567: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE BLACK LACE FAN
 A lace folding hand fan with gilt decoration. In a frame under glass.
13 1/2 by 21 1/4 by 2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800 

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Lot 561: MARILYN MONROE RED FRAMED NEEDLEPOINT PICTURE
 Featuring a bouquet of poppies. Marked "From D.M. Ferry/ 1926" lower right.
16 1/2 by 16 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 562: MARILYN MONROE GLASS COVERED WOODEN BREAKFAST TRAY
 With a hand embroidered textile featuring a violet bouquet.
15 by 25 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 563: MARILYN MONROE RED NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW CUSHION
 Red flowers on a black ground, in a later unassociated shadowbox frame.
19 3/4 by 19 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 564: MARILYN MONROE BLACK NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW CUSHION
 Needlepoint with pink flowers on a black ground, in a later unassociated shadowbox frame.
19 3/4 by 19 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 565: MARILYN MONROE NEEDLEPOINT PIANO STOOL
 An ebonized carved wood stool with opening top featuring a needlepoint upholstery of three red robins on a flowering tree branch.
19 1/4 by 19 1/4 by 14 inches
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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Lot 505: MARILYN MONROE CALENDAR PENCIL HOLDER
 A metal pencil holder cup imprinted with a calendar and having a leather swiveling cover.
Height, 4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 583: MARILYN MONROE PENCIL HOLDER
A vintage paper decorated tin pencil holder. The pencil holder can be seen on the coffee table of the sunroom in Monroe's Brentwood, California, home.
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 596: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE GENERAL ELECTRIC TELECHRON CLOCK
 With faux wood pattern face and black hands. Model 2H103-S.
6 by 6 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 597: MARILYN MONROE TABLE LAMP
 A green and brass metal table lamp with electrical cord stripped in some places. No shade.
8 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 595: MARILYN MONROE COLORLESS CRYSTAL TEARDROP VASE
 A vintage teardrop form bud vase.
Height, 10 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 599: MARILYN MONROE EDWARDIAN SILVERPLATED VASE
 A double-handled urn-form vase marked "J.B." and "1937" on the base.
Height, 8 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 952: MARILYN MONROE PRINT
 A Marilyn Monroe owned untitled print by artist, set designer and director Edward Gordon Craig from Hamlet. The woodblock print is signed with initials EGC in the lower right corner. The prints were made for the Cranach Press German edition of Hamlet printed in 1928.
Sight, 5 1/2 by 9 1/4 inches; 22 by 21 1/4 inches, overall
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 424, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 

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Lot 953: MARILYN MONROE LITHOGRAPH AFTER TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
 A Marilyn Monroe owned lithograph printed with the words “Catalogue d’Affiches artistiques A.ARNOLD 7 rue Racine Paris.” Housed in a frame, not examined outside of frame.
Sight, 8 3/4 by 12 inches; 21 by 24 1/2 inches, overall
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 424, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Lot 956: MARILYN MONROE BELL
 A Marilyn Monroe bronze bell with wood handle, stamped on the interior.
Height, 10 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 460, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200 

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Lot 957: MARILYN MONROE MEXICAN WOOL THROW
 A Marilyn Monroe Mexican wool throw with multicolor woven design.
Approximately 60 by 50 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 450, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500 

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Lot 278: MARILYN MONROE GROUP OF THREE ASHTRAYS
 Including a printed and parcel gilt Maxim's Paris porcelain ashtray, marked on the back "Pillivuyt/ France" and "Edite par A. Simon Paris," circa 1950, a patinated metal scallop shell ashtray, and a black glazed terra cotta ashtray displaying the Christie's 1999 sale sticker.
5 1/4 by 3 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 408, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 279: MARILYN MONROE ASHTRAY
 A black plastic ashtray with matchbook holder from Dan Stampler's The Steak Joint Inc. with address listed as "58 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich Village." The Steak Joint was a village favorite run by Dan Stampler for nearly 25 years.
5 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 280: MARILYN MONROE AMERICAN EXPRESS KEYCHAIN
 Has "American Express" and "5 year member" on the tag. .37 troy oz.
Length, 1 inch
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 5: MARILYN MONROE OWNED SPOONS 
A pair of spoons from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to her friend and personal masseur, Ralph Roberts. The spoons have embossed portraits of women. The first has an embossed signature that reads “Lois Wilson,” the second an embossed signature that reads “Norma Shearer.” Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
6 inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 6: MARILYN MONROE OWNED GLASS CREAMER
 A pink glass creamer from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to her friend and personal masseur, Ralph Roberts. In a letter to the consignor, Roberts states Marilyn bought the creamer at an antique shop between the Nevada cities of Virginia City and Reno during an outing with him and Paula Strasberg. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Height, 3 inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 7: MARILYN MONROE OWNED SERVING TRAY
 A round metal and glass serving tray that Marilyn Monroe used to deliver food to a party at the home of Ralph Roberts. The event was a Bon Voyage gala for May Reis and Maureen Stapleton in April 1961, both of whom were headed to Europe: Reis for vacation and Stapleton to work on the European film production of A View from the Bridge (Vu du pont). According to Roberts, guests at the party included Gloria Vanderbilt, Walter and Carol Matthau, Clifford David, and Sidney Lumet. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Diameter 12 ½ inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 8: MARILYN MONROE OWNED COOKING PRESS
 An aluminum Wearever cooking press from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to her friend and personal masseur, Ralph Roberts. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Length, 8½ inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 9: MARILYN MONROE OWNED CHAMPAGNE COOLER
 A metal champagne cooler brought by Marilyn Monroe to a party at the home of Ralph Roberts. The event was a Bon Voyage gala for May Reis and Maureen Stapleton in April 1961, both of whom were headed to Europe: Reis for vacation and Stapleton to work on the European film production of A View from the Bridge (Vu du pont). According to Roberts, guests at the party included Gloria Vanderbilt, Walter and Carol Matthau, Clifford David, and Sidney Lumet. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Height, 9 inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
Estimate: $300 - $500 
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Lot 111: MARILYN MONROE BAKE KING CAKE PAN
 A vintage coated tin cake pan.
2 by 9 by 9 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 112: MARILYN MONROE YAAD DECORATIVE COPPER TRAY AND TWO OTHERS
 A decorative tray marked "Yaad/ Made in Israel," together with a circular brass saucer and a large metal dish.
Copper tray, 9 3/4 by 12 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 113: MARILYN MONROE GROUP OF THREE DECORATIVE PIECES
 Two wood bowls and a woven basket.
Largest, diameter, 17 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 114: MARILYN MONROE BRONZE ROOSTER NUTCRACKER
 With scrolled terminals.
Length, 5 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 115: MARILYN MONROE METLOX POPPY TRAIL DINNERWARE
 In the Sculpted Grape pattern, including four dinner plates, six salad plates, five large bowls, six small bowls, eight saucers, a butter dish, a double serving bowl with handle, and a large serving bowl. Thirty-two pieces total.
Size varies
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Lot 116: MARILYN MONROE ASSORTED GROUP OF COPPER COOKWARE
 Including a chafing dish marked "Bazar Francais 666," three pots marked "Country Kitchen," and an unmarked pot.
Chafing dish, 13 by 16 by 10 1/2 inches
See Lot 401 for pots from the same set, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200 

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Lot 117: MARILYN MONROE SAUTÉ PAN
 A copper and brass sauté pan, made in Italy, stamped number "24."
Diameter, 10 inches
 Estimate: $500 - $700

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Lot 118: MARILYN MONROE GROUP OF VINTAGE COPPER HOLLOWWARE
 Including a coffeepot with a wood handle marked "Majestic," a teapot marked "Old Dutch," an unmarked pitcher, and a pot marked "Bazar Francais."
Tallest, 11 inches
See Lot 401 for pots from the same set, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 119: MARILYN MONROE ASSORTED WOOD AND METAL KITCHEN UTENSILS
 Including cooking spoons, spatulas, spreaders, knives, a serving fork, and a baster in the original vintage packaging. Twelve items total.
Size varies
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 121: MARILYN MONROE SET OF VINTAGE ECKO UTENSILS
 A set of 10 stainless Ecko kitchen cooking utensils with black handles.
Longest, 13 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 122: MARILYN MONROE ASSORTED METAL KITCHEN UTENSILS
 Including vintage beaters, graters, strainers, measuring cups and spoons, a paring knife, and aluminum salt and pepper shakers. Fifteen items total.
Size varies
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 123: MARILYN MONROE CHROME TOASTMASTER TOASTER
 A vintage toaster with two slots, brown Bakelite trim, and original cord and socket. Model 1B21.
6 1/4 by 9 1/2 by 5 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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Lot 124: MARILYN MONROE CHROME JUICE-O-MAT TILT-TOP JUICER
 A vintage juicer with a mechanical hand crank. Model NJ-848.
6 1/2 by 8 by 6 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

245309_0 245310_0   


Lot 125: MARILYN MONROE DESCOWARE BELGIAN CAST IRON POT
 A vintage enamelware pot with a lid, together with another lid.
Pot, diameter, 5 3/4 inches
See Lot 401 for pots from the same set, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 126: MARILYN MONROE LAMBERTON SCAMMELL HOTEL SERVICE PLATE
 A porcelain charger with pink edges and thistle pattern on the rim, with a center monogram and gilt edges. Backstamp dates to circa 1928.
Diameter, 11 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 127: MARILYN MONROE GROUP OF THREE CHINESE ENAMELED DISHES
 Three decorative enameled metal dishes, each picturing flowers and animals, each marked "China."
3 1/8 by 4 1/8 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 128: MARILYN MONROE BRONZE ENAMELED KOVSH
 With a bronze bowl and polychrome enameled handle, marked "China."
Length, 7 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 129: MARILYN MONROE ASSORTED GROUP OF DECORATIVE DISHES
 Including a French glazed stoneware plate with a printed rhyme, a KPM Bavaria handpainted and parcel gilt saucer, and a decorative Italian pottery dish.
Largest, diameter, 8 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 130: MARILYN MONROE ASSORTED DECORATIVE CERAMICS
 Including a majolica oyster plate with gilt rim, marked "C.T.," a majolica double-handled sugar bowl with floral decoration, and a painted figural vase.
Plate, diameter, 9 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 131: MARILYN MONROE PARTIAL SET OF HAVILAND LIMOGES DINNERWARE
 In a parcel gilt and leaf and painted design, white porcelain with an ivory band, including four dinner plates, six luncheon plates, eight salad plates, three cream soup bowls with four underplates, two bread and butter plates, and seven saucers. Twenty-nine pieces total.
Size varies
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 240: MARILYN MONROE DINNER SERVICE
 A dinner service for eight, each piece stamped "Noritake Hand Painted Japan Dresdoll" comprising one oval serving bowl, one round serving bowl, eight dinner plates, eight salad plates, seven saucers, eight small serving bowls, and eight bread plates. 41 pieces.
Dinner plates, 10 inches
 Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
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Lot 241: MARILYN MONROE ASSORTED ASIAN INSPIRED TABLEWARE
 Including an earthenware Regout Timor plate, a set of four Nippon double-handled dishes decorated with birds, and a set of five Chinese soup spoons. Ten pieces total.
Largest, diameter, 8 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 242: MARILYN MONROE TWO ANTIQUE ASIAN CARVED SNUFF BOTTLES
 One decorated with dragons, the other with swords and instruments. (Both lacking stoppers.)
Height, 2 1/2 inches each
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 
245479_0 


Lot 352: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE DAISY TRIPLE ICE CRUSHER
 With a hand crank. Model 16Q.
Height, 4 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 354: MARILYN MONROE ICE BUCKET
 A Walker & Hall, Sheffield, England, electroplate ice bucket with lion head ring handles. The bucket has seen so much use that the plating has worn off, and there are a good number of scratches on interior from bottles. Engraved design on side of bucket featuring flag with the letters "N C S."
8 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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Lot 355: MARILYN MONROE PRESSED GLASS MARTINI SHAKER
 With triple ridge design and metal lid.
Height, 9 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 356: MARILYN MONROE TWO VINTAGE LIQUEUR BOTTLES
 Two vintage bottles, the first a green glass bottle labeled "Dolfi Framberry," the second of colorless glass with giltmetal mounts marked "Jacquin's Forbidden Fruit Liqueur."
Taller, 12 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 357: MARILYN MONROE CASED AMBER GLASS DECANTER SET
 A mid-century decanter with crystal finial, five cordials, and a black ridged circular undertray.
Tallest, 10 inches
 Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
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Lot 359: MARILYN MONROE AMBER CUT-TO-CLEAR DECANTER
 Decorated with a hand cut floral and foliate pattern. Bottle marked "Handblown, Made in Czechoslovakia" with an affixed label marked "Bischoff Cordials/ Double Kummel."
Height, 15 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 360: MARILYN MONROE RUBY CUT-TO-CLEAR WINE DECANTER
 With grape and leaf decoration. (Lacking stopper.)
Height, 11 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 361: MARILYN MONROE ETCHED GLASS DECANTER
 A double-gourd shaped bottle with allover etched floral decoration and a sterling rim with marks for Birmingham, 1911-12. (Lacking stopper.)
Height, 11 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 362: MARILYN MONROE PAIR OF PRESSED GLASS DECANTERS
 With floral decoration, unmarked.
Height, 15 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 363: MARILYN MONROE ETCHED GLASS DECANTER
 With a handpainted parcel gilt base and rim and engraved floral and foliate design on the body.
Height, 8 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 364: MARILYN MONROE GROUP OF THREE ASSORTED DECANTER STOPPERS
 One is ruby flashed cut glass and the other two are faceted glass with cork plugs.
Tallest, 4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600
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Lot 365: MARILYN MONROE STERLING COLLAPSIBLE TRAVEL CUP
 With hallmarks for Germany and "800." 2.47 troy oz.
Height, 3 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 366: MARILYN MONROE METAL COLLAPSIBLE TRAVEL CUP
 A base metal cup with metal loops on the rim.
Height, 3 1/2 inches
Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 367: MARILYN MONROE BRONZE AND METAL MIDDLE EASTERN CUP
 With punctured design throughout.
Height, 3 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600 

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Lot 587: MARILYN MONROE PHOTOGRAPHS OF FIFTH HELENA DRIVE PROPERTY
 A group of four vintage black and white photographs, most likely of the kitchen and laundry room of the guest house at Monroe's Fifth Helena Drive property prior to her renovations and decorating.
8 by 10 inches
 Estimate: $300 - $500

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Lot 588: MARILYN MONROE HEART-FORM COASTER
 On three feet, marked "HW Limited/ EPNS."
4 by 4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 589: MARILYN MONROE GORHAM STERLING RETICULATED HEART DISH
 With scrolling bows and ribbons, marked "Sterling." 1.50 troy oz.
1 by 5 by 4 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800

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Lot 590: MARILYN MONROE COPPER HEART-FORM CANDLE HOLDER
 With a wooden ring handle, marked "Chase USA."
5 by 3 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 591: MARILYN MONROE SCALLOPED EDGE METAL CANDLE BASE
 With faux hallmarks. Together with a shell fragment.
Diameter, 3 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 592: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE MOUNT WASHINGTON ROSE BOWL
 A hand decorated blue satin glass bowl with crimped rim.
Height, 3 3/4 inches; Diameter, 4 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 593: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE FENTON HOBNAIL DISH
 A blue opalescent hobnail square dish.
4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 594: MARILYN MONROE TRI-FORM TRINKET BOX
 With figural scenes and putti on the lid and Hanau-type marks. 7.25 troy oz., but not marked sterling.
1 1/2 by 5 1/4 by 4 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 598: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE GLO-MAR BRASS SHELL DISH
 A scallop shell trinket dish, marked on the base.
4 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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Lot 955: MARILYN MONROE GREEN GLASS CARAFE
 A Marilyn Monroe owned green-tinted mallet form glass carafe. A Christie's lot sticker is affixed to the underside.
Height, 10 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 406, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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Livres & Magazines
Books & Magazines


Lot 12: MARILYN MONROE OWNED MAGAZINES
 A group of nine gossip magazines owned by Marilyn Monroe and packed into a trunk as she was moving out of her Roxbury, Connecticut, home when she and Arthur Miller were separating. Monroe is featured on most covers and in many articles; titles of magazines include 'Inside Hollywood' (May 1960), 'Hush-Hush' (November 1960), 'Confidential' (September 1961), 'Movie Fan' (July 1954), 'Untold Secrets' (October 1961), 'Screenland' (July 1962), 'Movie World' (March 1953), 'Movie Life' (May 1948) and 'Kroniek Van De Week' (March 1949). The original consignor was Ralph Roberts, Monroe's masseuse and confidant.
Largest, 14 ¼ by 10 ¼ inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 22, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $800 - $1,000

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Lot 155: MARILYN MONROE BOOK OF POETRY
 A hardcover copy of Good Fellowship, a book of poetry compiled by Samuel Francis Woolard, 1909, by The Goldsmith-Woolard Publishing Co., Wichita, Kansas. Faint pencil marking on inside front cover reads, "MM 12/53." A number of page corners are creased as they had been dog eared. Additionally, some passages have brackets faintly drawn around them, including: "My character may be my own, but my reputation belongs to any old body that enjoys gossiping more than telling the truth"; "Here's to the woman who has a smile for every joy, a tear for every sorrow, a consolation for every grief, an excuse for every fault, a prayer for every misfortune, an encouragement for every hope. - Sainte Foix"; "Here's to the only true language of love: A Kiss," among others.
8 1/8 by 4 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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 Lot 268: MARILYN MONROE CUSTOM BOUND COPY OF ARTHUR MILLER'S COLLECTED WORKS
 A red leather clamshell box with gilt designs, title on spine and a simple "MM" on the lower right corner. The ivory silk satin lined box contains a matching red leather bound volume with "MM" on cover, gilt edged pages and chartreuse silk satin boards and end papers. Special dedication page reads, "This first copy/ of the first edition/ has been specially hand-bound/ for Marilyn." Arthur Miller's Collected Plays, The Viking Press, copyright 1957. Bound by Gerhard Gerlach, stamped in gold inside back cover.
9 1/2 by 6 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

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Lot 106: MARILYN MONROE COOKBOOK
 A hardcover copy of The New Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking - School Cookbook, ninth edition, 3rd printing 1954 by Little Brown and Company, Boston. The encyclopedic cookbook also contains an index card with newspaper clippings stapled to the card featuring recipes for "Hearty Hot Lettuce Salad" and "Dinner with Lamb" and a small four-page booklet torn from a magazine featuring recipes for "Frankfurter Spaghetti," "Beefsteak Bundles," "Beef and Potato Loaf," among others. Page 53 features acid stains left by a piece of newspaper torn from the drama section of the Los Angeles Times dated December 26, 1956, used to mark the page about planning buffet meals for parties.
8 1/2 by 5 3/4 inches
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

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Lot 107: MARILYN MONROE MEXICAN COOKBOOK
 A soft cover spiral-bound copy of Elena's Famous Mexican and Spanish Recipes, copyright 1944 Elena Zelayeta, 30th printing June 1, 1950, by Dettners Printing House, San Francisco. This best selling cookbook by Zelayeta is credited with introducing traditional Mexican and Spanish cooking to many American households.
9 by 6 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

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Lot 108: MARILYN MONROE COOKBOOK
 A hardcover copy of The Household Searchlight Recipe Book, 13th printing 1940 by The Household Magazine, Topeka, Kansas. The pages are indexed in tabs by chapter, including chapters on "Fish and Wild Game," "Canning and Preserving," "Pastries," "Soups," and many others. Some cooking stains to the pages in the meat section, whose index tab has been lost.
10 1/2 by 7 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 110: MARILYN MONROE HOMEMAKING BOOK
 A hardcover copy of the Searchlight Homemaking Guide, 2nd edition 1949 by Household Topeka, Kansas. The pages are indexed in tabs by chapter, including chapters on "Etiquette," "Exercise and Good Looks," "The Sickroom," "Physical Care of the Baby," "Building the Home," "Floors Woodwork and Walls," "Buying Fabrics," "The Laundry," "Destroying Household Pests," and others. A hole has been drilled through the upper margin starting at the back cover of the book and going through the last 60 pages.
10 1/4 by 7 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Lot 868: MARILYN MONROE OWNED BOOK
 A Marilyn Monroe owned copy of The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955). Christie’s bookplate affixed to endpaper. The hardcover book is accompanied by a paper dust jacket and a lotted Christie's bookmark.
5 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 563, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Lot 869: MARILYN MONROE OWNED BOOK
 A Marilyn Monroe owned copy of Everyman’s Search by Rebecca Beard (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950). Christie’s bookplate affixed to endpaper. The hardcover book is accompanied by a paper dust jacket and a lotted Christie's bookmark. Additionally stamped on the title page “Women’s League Library/ Old First Church/ Huntington, N.Y.”
5 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 563, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Lot 870: MARILYN MONROE OWNED BOOK
 A Marilyn Monroe owned copy of The Devil's Advocate by Morris L. West (New York: William Morrow & Company, 1959). Christie’s bookplate affixed to endpaper.
5 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 546, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Lot 871: MARILYN MONROE OWNED BOOKS
  A copy of Karl A. Menninger's Man Against Himself (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1938) and Dr. Joseph Murphy's The Miracles of Your Mind (San Gabriel, California: Willing Publishing Company, 1953) from the personal collection of Marilyn Monroe with a Christie's auction bookplate on the front inside covers.
Larger, 8 3/4 by 6 inches
PROVENANCE Partial Lot 559, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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Lot 905: MARILYN MONROE PRAYER BOOK FOR JEWISH WORSHIP
 A Marilyn Monroe Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship. The cover is stamped “Marilyn Monroe Miller” and inscribed to Monroe “For Marilyn – with all of my best wishes and deepest respect – fondly – Bob.” Christie’s bookplate is affixed to the interior of the front cover.
6 3/4 by 5 by 1 inches
PROVENANCE Lot 9A, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe,” Christie’s, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000

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Lot 584: MARILYN MONROE HORTICULTURE MAGAZINES
 Three copies of Horticulture, "America's Authentic Garden Magazine," dated October 1960, January 1961, and June 1962. Each magazine has typed adhesive labels addressed to Monroe, two reading "Mrs. Marilyn Miller" and the third "Miss Marilyn Monroe," all to her 444 East 57th Street address. The October 1960 issue has this address crossed out and "Beverly Hills Hotel/ Beverly Hills, California" written beside the label. Another issue of Horticulture magazine is visible on the coffee table of the sunroom in Monroe’s Brentwood home in the photograph on the right.
11 by 8 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

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Lot 514: MARILYN MONROE SCULPTURE BOOK SIGNED BY THE ARTIST
 A copy of The Sculpture of William Zorach, by Paul S. Wingert, Pitman Publishing Corp., New York 1938 signed by Zorach to Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller January 1, 1957. Monroe owned one of Zorach's sculptures titled "Young Woman." The book is accompanied by a letter from The Downtown Gallery dated April 24, 1957, regarding this small sculpture, which Monroe had "purchased just before Christmas," to ensure that Monroe received the piece after lending it to the University of Illinois for an exhibition.
Book, 10 by 7 inches
 Estimate: $400 - $600

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 Récompenses
Awards


Lot 26: MARILYN MONROE NEW FACES AWARD
 A Detroit Press New Faces Award, 1952, presented to Marilyn Monroe by Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The award is designed as a wall mirror of birch wood with a leather handle and surrounded is by fourteen electric light sockets. The plaque is engraved “Marilyn Monroe Winner-First Place Detroit Free Press New Faces Award 1952.” Accompanied by a copy of the 1999 Christie's The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe auction catalog.
22 by 18 by 2 inches
PROVENANCE: Lot 312, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000

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Lot 832: MARILYN MONROE 1953 AWARD
 A Marilyn Monroe trophy honoring Monroe as the 1953 World Film Favorite by The International Press of Hollywood.
Height, 23 inches
PROVENANCE Lot 320, "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York, Sale number 9216, October 27 & 28, 1999
 Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 

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 Lot 856: MARILYN MONROE "I'M GONNA FILE MY CLAIM" RECORD AWARD
 An in-house record award presented to Simon House Music to commemorate the sale of more than 50,000 copies of the RCA Victor record release of “I’m Gonna File My Claim” as performed by Marilyn Monroe. Monroe performed the song in her film River of No Return (20th Century, 1954).
23 by 17 3/4 inches, framed
 Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

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 Divers
Various


 Lot 2: MARILYN MONROE ST. CHRISTOPHER PENDANT
 A silver tone St. Christopher pendant in the style of a wax seal given to Ralph Roberts by Marilyn Monroe. The religious medal is designed with the likeness of the patron saint. A neck chain loop is connected to the top of the medallion. According to Roberts, Natasha Lytess, Monroe's early acting coach, gave her the medal. Monroe gave the medal to Roberts together with a handwritten postcard in which she confirmed for him that she wasn't pregnant. When she gave Roberts the medal she stated, "I've outgrown Natasha." Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Diameter, 1 inch
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 334, “Film & Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 11: MARILYN MONROE OWNED BALLERINA PAPERWEIGHT
 A paperweight fashioned after a ballerina, from Marilyn Monroe's New York home, located at 444 East 57th Street, gifted to Ralph Roberts. According to Roberts, the paperweight was displayed next to a photo of Broadway star Marilyn Miller in a similar ballerina pose as the paperweight. Miller is believed to have been the inspiration for Norma Jeane's name change to "Marilyn Monroe," and Monroe herself later became "Marilyn Miller" after marrying playwright Arthur Miller. In a letter to the consignor, Roberts wrote Monroe stated, "That's the other Marilyn." Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Roberts.
Height 5 inches
PROVENANCE: Partial Lot 340, “Film and Television Memorabilia,” Christie's East, New York, Sale number 7821, December 18, 1995
 Estimate: $300 - $500
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Lot 13: MARILYN MONROE PRESCRIPTION BOX
 A small box prescribed by Dr. Davis dispensed by Hilp’s Drug Store in Reno, Nevada, for “Mrs. Miller” and dated 09/15/60. The prescription occurs while Monroe was in Nevada working on her final completed film, The Misfits (United Artists, 1961).
2½ by 1½ inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 14: MARILYN MONROE PRESCRIPTION PILL BOTTLE
 A prescription pill bottle prescribed by Dr. Wechsler and dispensed by Pollock-Bailey New York for Mrs. A. Miller, dated 3/15/60. The prescription occurs while Monroe was working on Let’s Make Love (20TH Cent., 1960).
Height, 2½ inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 44: MARILYN MONROE GIFTED MONEY CLIP
 A sterling silver money clip, engraved "To Harry" with the engraved signature in Monroe's hand "Love and Kisses/ Marilyn Monroe." The clip is stamped "Sterling CJS" to the reverse. 'Harry' is Harry Roberts, a soundman at 20th Century Fox. Originally, consigned by Harry Hooten, the grandson of Harry Roberts.
1 by 2 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Lot 62: MARILYN MONROE 34TH BIRTHDAY PARTY DOLL
 A small plastic doll created in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe and distributed to guests at a party for Monroe's 34th birthday on the set of Let's Make Love (20th Century, 1960) in 1960.
Height, approximately. 3 inches
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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Lot 68: MARILYN MONROE SOUVENIR
 A set of keys with a brass metal tag, originally sold as a novelty souvenir. The tag reads “M. Monroe, Dressing Room 5.”
6 ½ by 2 inches
 Estimate: $250 - $500
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Lot 95: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE WOOD SKI
 A single wood ski with metal binding, with a label marked "Made in Czechoslovakia," and another marked "White Mountain Ski Shop New York."
Length, 65 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 210: MARILYN MONROE CAMERA
 A Minolta-16 subminiature 16mm camera in a brown leather case, with matching wrist strap, together with original blue box and instruction book. The Minolta model 16 was first introduced in 1957.
Camera, 1 5/8 by 3 1/8 inches
 Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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Lot 216: MARILYN MONROE JOE DiMAGGIO ELECTRIC RAZORS
 Two Norelco electric Speed shavers with zipper closure Norelco case; top leather covering has become separated from the cardboard box lid. Together with power cord, one plastic shaver cap, three cleaning brushes, two loose shaver sharpeners, one sharpener in original unopened plastic bag with instruction paper and one loose sheet of sharpener instructions.
Shaver, 3 1/2 by 4 inches
 Estimate: $200 - $300
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Lot 246: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE MINI PINECONE TREE GIFTED FROM JOE DIMAGGIO TO MARILYN MONROE
 A mini brown wire form holiday tree made of pinecones and other tree items, dusted with glitter. Wrapped in a black tulle base. The tree was purportedly a gift from Joe DiMaggio to Marilyn Monroe one Christmas when he discovered that she did not have a tree to celebrate the holidays.
Height, 23 inches
 Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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Lot 274: MARILYN MONROE TYPEWRITER
 A Royal Quiet De Luxe model typewriter in grey with tweed style hard carrying case. Partial sticker on side reads "San Leandro Co. Sales, Repairs 614 E. 14th Street."
13 1/2 by 7 by 14 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 277: MARILYN MONROE VANITY CASE
 A tan leather suitcase by Mark Cross, England with hinged front panel that opens to access vanity compartment containing two tone blue vanity set including hand mirror, two empty glass bottles, glass powder container, glass jar containing hairpins, glass jar containing soap powder, hairbrush, garment brush, long glass tube bottle, small leather box containing triangular tube of lipstick, nail file, and hair comb. The top of case has custom stamped "A.L." Mark Cross is considered among the first American luxury brands that expanded its operations overseas with a store in London. It is perhaps most famous for the overnight bag it designed for Grace Kelly to use in Rear Window.
14 by 20 3/4 by 7 inches
 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

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Lot 281: VINTAGE MARILYN MONROE SUITCASE
 A fabric lined luggage case with leather edging and metal hardware.
With a label reading "Royal Gascogne Bordeaux/ Garage dans L'Hotel."
8 by 25 1/4 by 14 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 348: MARILYN MONROE CHINESE STERLING FAN SHAPED PILLBOX
 A pillbox, the lid with a figure of a dancer, a fan with Chinese characters, and a hand. Marked "Sterling" and "Made in {...}," (partly effaced but believed to read "China"). Weight, .84 troy oz.
3/4 by 2 1/4 by 1 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Lot 349: MARILYN MONROE VINTAGE BRASS PILLBOX
 Marked "M.R. Morais," the top inset with a 500 reis coin reading "7 de Setembro 1 Centenario da Independencia 1822-1922"
Diameter, 1 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $600 - $800
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Lot 63: MARILYN MONROE GIFTED BOX
 A rectangular silver tone presentation cigarette box gifted from Marilyn Monroe to Frankie Vaughan. The interior of the lid is in engraved Monroe's handwriting “Dear Frankie, It was really wonderful working with you. Best always, Marilyn.“ The box was gifted to Vaughan by Monroe at the end of filming Let's Make Love (20th Century, 1960).
Approximately 9 ½ by 4 by 1 ½ inches
PROVENANCE: Lot 132, "Film and Entertainment,” Christie's, London, Sale number 5515, December 14, 2004 
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Lot 452: MARILYN MONROE MINAUDIERE
 A ladies evening minaudiere with original box reading "Pandora by Wadsworth." The small evening compact features three compartments. When opened, the center features a loose powder compartment and original cotton buffer with mirror. The top compartment features a lipstick holder, with a tube of lipstick, a clear plastic comb and two loose Mercury dimes dated 1943 and 1945. The lower compartment contains eight Philip Morris cigarettes. Each end of the gold metal case is embellished with a citrine crystal floret. The compact is accompanied by a black velvet and white silk carrying case terminating in a black tassel. The case features a gold metal ring that closes down below the wrist to hold the case in place.
Case, 4 1/4 inches
 Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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Lot 143: MARILYN MONROE MARGIT TEVAN BRONZE CIGARETTE BOX
 A bronze lidded box with figural Old Testament scenes on the lid and partition inside. Marked "Hungarian Handmade" on the bottom.
1 by 5 by 5 1/2 inches
 Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Lot 847: MARILYN MONROE CIGARETTE CASE GIVEN TO JOE DiMAGGIO
 A sterling silver cigarette case given by Marilyn Monroe to Joe DiMaggio. The front of the case is engraved “Memory of Japan” with a landscape scene. The back of the case is engraved “Joe” at the center and “Love Marilyn” at lower right.
3 1/4 by 7 inches
 Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000 

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Lot 214: MARILYN MONROE JOE DiMAGGIO ACCESSORY CASE
 A burgundy alligator jewelry case with hinged lid, removable tan suede divided tray that fits into a partitioned interior with matching leather pad. The lid to the case features gold metal letters reading "J Dim" and a front three-digit combination lock closure with "555" code, a repetition of DiMaggio's Yankee number, 5.
20 1/2 by 11 1/2 by 3 inches
 Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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Lot 951: MARILYN MONROE UNEDITED AUDIO RECORDING OF "RUNNING WILD" AND "I WANT TO BE LOVED BY YOU"
 An unedited audio recording of Marilyn Monroe performing multiple takes of the song “Running Wild” and “I Want to be Loved by You.” Both of these songs are performed in the film Some Like It Hot (UA, 1959). Recorded on a reel of 1/4-inch magnetic acetate tape housed in a Maestro reel box. The reel comes from the estate of Myrton Blackler who owned and operated Studio 7612, a recording studio in Hollywood. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Blackler was hired by MGM for recording sessions, including Monroe’s. On the approximately 30-minute recording, an unknown person can be heard giving Monroe direction in the background. The tape includes a CD copy of the recording.
Reel diameter, 7 inches
 Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000

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10 juillet 2016

45 things you didn't know about Marilyn Monroe

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 45 things you didn't know about Marilyn Monroe
published on June, 1st, 2016
by Horatia Harrod - online Telegraph

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Norma Jeane Mortenson - better known as Marilyn Monroe 

1. Marilyn was relatively poorly paid. Jane Russell was paid around 10 times as much as Marilyn when they co-starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her salary for her final unfinished film, Something’s Got to Give, was $100,000. Compare that with Elizabeth Taylor, who was getting a million dollars for Cleopatra; or even Marilyn’s co-star in the film, Dean Martin, who was on $500,000. Today, her estate makes around five million dollars a year.

2. But she died having become a million-dollar movie star. In 1962 she was fired by Twentieth-Century Fox from the production of Something’s Got to Give because of her chronic lateness and no-shows (she didn’t appear for the first two weeks of filming). But on August 1, four days before her death, she was rehired by Fox on a $1million, two-picture deal.

3. She found it almost impossible to learn lines, and took 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar”, in Some Like it Hot.

4. She was Playboy’s first Sweetheart (later Playmate) of the Month, in 1953. Marilyn had been paid $50 to model for the picture in 1949; Hugh Hefner bought it for $500.

5. Several of the burial vaults near to Marilyn’s have been put on sale. When Elsie Poncher, the widow of the man in the vault above Marilyn’s, put his space up for sale on eBay, she received dozens of bids, including one for £2.8million.

6. Hugh Hefner owns the burial vault next to Marilyn at the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. He bought it in 1992 for £50,000.

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Marilyn Monroe on the cover of the first issue of 'Playboy'

7. She went by many names. On her birth certificate she is Norma Jeane Mortenson; she was baptised Norma Jeane Baker; she modelled under the names Jean Norman and Mona Monroe; her initial idea for a screen name was Jean Adair; she signed into hotels as Zelda Zonk and into a psychiatric clinic as Faye Miller. She only legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in March 1956, when she was already a star.

8. She was placed with 11 sets of foster parents after her mother, Gladys, was institutionalised. She also spent almost a year in the Children’s Aid Society Orphanage in Los Angeles.

9. Goya was her favourite artist: “I know this man very well, we have the same dreams, I have had the same dreams since I was a child.”

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Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating
during a photo session to promote the film The Seven Year Itch in September 1954
Credit: Matty Zimmerman 

10. Marilyn became a Christian Scientist at the age of 18; later in her life she dabbled in alternative spiritualities, including Anthroposophy, the philosophy espoused by Rudolf Steiner. She converted to Judaism before her 1956 marriage to Arthur Miller.

11. Her weight went up and down so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that the costume designer, Beatrice Dawson, had to create facsimile dresses in different sizes. “I have two ulcers from this film,” she said, “and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

12. She was rarely without an acting coach. Her first, Natasha Lytess, worked with her for six years and 22 films, clashing with directors, whose authority she challenged, and studio heads, who paid her bills. (Marilyn also paid her a wage – and settled her £11,000 debt at the dentist.)
Later, Paula Strasberg took Lytess’s role; unlike Lytess, who tried to direct Marilyn’s every movement from behind the camera, Strasberg was consulted between takes. To coach Marilyn in The Prince and the Showgirl, she was paid $25,000 – as much as some of the featured actors were getting.

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Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl

13. For 20 years after Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio arranged to have roses sent to her crypt three times a week.

14. In January 2011, Authentic Brand Groups bought the licensing rights to the Marilyn Monroe estate, for a price in the range of $30million. “On the media and entertainment side,” said the company’s chief executive, Jamie Salter, “I think she’s got a career in front of her, just based on technology.

15. At the 1999 auction of Marilyn’s effects, her white baby grand piano was bought by Mariah Carey, the singer, for $662,500. (The estimate had been $10,000-$15,000.) The piano had been bought by Marilyn’s mother, and sold after she had her breakdown, but Marilyn eventually found it and bought it back, keeping it with her until her death.

16. There was an open casket at her funeral. She wore an apple green Pucci sheath dress made of nylon jersey and a platinum wig (her head had been partially shaved during the autopsy).

17. She was thought to have been planning to remarry Joe DiMaggio at the time of her death. After the failure of their marriage, DiMaggio had undergone therapy, stopped drinking alcohol and expanded his interests beyond baseball: he and Marilyn read poetry together in these later years.

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Credit: Reuters 

18. Marilyn’s beaded Jean Louis gown, worn when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy, was sold in 1999 for £820,000. At the time it was the record price for a single item of clothing, until Marilyn’s billowing white Seven Year Itch dress was put up for sale by Debbie Reynolds in 2011, where it made £2.8 million.

19. Marilyn owned many dogs during her life; her last was a Maltese terrier given to her by Frank Sinatra, which she named Maf (short for Mafia Honey). At the Christie’s sale in 1999, two Polaroids of Maf sold for £220,000.

20. Marilyn left 75 per cent of her estate to the Strasbergs; eventually this fell to Anna Strasberg, Lee Strasberg’s third wife. She vetoes the use of all images in which Marilyn wears fur, citing Marilyn’s love of animals as a reason.

21. The Anna Freud Centre, a child therapy clinic in Hampstead, north London, owns the remaining 25 per cent of Marilyn Monroe’s estate. The centre was left its share by Dr Marianne Kris, one of Marilyn’s therapists, and the original beneficiary of her will.

22. Before her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, Marilyn was married to James Dougherty. She was 16 when they tied the knot. Dougherty, who later became a detective in the LAPD, was forbidden by his second wife from going to see any of Marilyn’s films.

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 Marilyn Monroe with her first husband, James Dougherty Credit: EPA

23. Marilyn whitened her skin with hormone cream, one side effect of which was to encourage the growth of blonde down on her face; Marilyn would not remove this peach fuzz, believing that it gave her face a soft glow on camera.

24. She was never nominated for an Academy Award, but she was voted the “Oomph Girl” at Emerson Junior High in 1941; crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen in 1948; and was Stars and Stripes magazine’s Miss Cheesecake of 1950.

25. She was named “The Most Advertised Girl in the World” by the Advertising Association of the West in 1953. Among the brands she represented were American Airlines, Kyron Way Diet Pills, Pabst Beer, Tan-Tan Suntan Lotion and Royal Triton Oil.

26. In 1950, Johnny Hyde, her agent, paid for her to have two plastic surgeries: a tip rhinoplasty (reshaping the soft cartilage at the end of her nose); and a chin implant.

27. She was an early devotee of yoga, and was taught by Indra Devi, a Swedish-Russian Bollywood film star who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

28. Marilyn’s intervention got Ella Fitzgerald her first major engagement at a Los Angeles nightclub. In 1955 the colour bar was still in force, but Marilyn convinced the management to let Fitzgerald play by promising to sit in the front row for a week.

29. Marilyn was only the second woman to head her own production company (Mary Pickford was the first).

30. Marilyn had a fixation on Clark Gable, her co-star in The Misfits; as a young girl, Marilyn dreamed that he was her father. When he died, she said that she cried for two days.

31. She preferred to go naked. Among female studio employees – wardrobe mistresses, hairdressers, make-up artists – she often went without clothes. She gave interviews in the nude and often went out wearing nothing under the black mink that Joe DiMaggio had given her.

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Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, stars of 'The Misfits' Credit: AP 

32. Writers loved her. Jean-Paul Sartre wanted her to play the role of a hysterical patient in the film Freud, for which he wrote the first draft of a screenplay; she was Truman Capote’s first choice for the part of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

33. Marilyn’s death was ruled a “probable suicide”, but toxicology tests were only carried out on her liver. When the deputy coroner, Thomas Noguchi, tried to obtain her other organs for testing, he was told they’d been destroyed.

34. Veronica Hamel, an actress, bought Marilyn’s house in 1972. She claimed that when she was renovating the house she discovered an extensive system of wire-taps.

35. Marilyn’s hero was Abraham Lincoln: “I used to read everything I could find about him,” she wrote in her (ghosted) autobiography, My Story. “He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.

36. The books she was reading at the time of her death were Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Captain Newman MD, a novel by Leo Rosten based on the life of Monroe’s psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson.

37. Two men claimed paternity of Marilyn on their deathbeds: C Stanley Gifford, who both Marilyn and her mother believed was her father, but who refused to meet Marilyn when she was alive; and Edward Mortensen, who was married to her mother at the time of her birth, and whose (misspelled) surname appears on her birth certificate.

38. She was athletic. As a young married woman on Catalina Island in the early Forties, she studied weightlifting with a former Olympic champion named Howard Corrington. She later went tandem surfing with a boyfriend, Tommy Zahn, balancing on his shoulders as they cut through the waves.

39. She was a talented producer. Marilyn Monroe Productions, which she formed in 1955 with Milton Greene, the photographer, only solely produced one film, The Prince and the Showgirl. Marilyn showed her nous in winning the script: she managed to wangle a meeting with the writer, Terence Rattigan, in New York, where he was stopping over en route to Hollywood to discuss the script with the director William Wyler, luring him from the airport to a downtown bar. When Wyler failed to make him a concrete offer, Rattigan went with Monroe.

40. Many of her friends believed she was murdered. Among the potential suspects: Robert Kennedy (with whom she had had an affair); John F Kennedy (ditto); mafioso Sam Giancana; the FBI; the CIA; her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson.

41. During the filming of Let’s Make Love, Marilyn’s no-shows added 28 days to the shooting time and $1 million to the budget.

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Allan 'Whitey' Snyder applying Marilyn Monroe's makeup
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42. Her career in front of the camera began when she was discovered working on the assembly line at Radioplane, a munitions factory, by a photographer called David Conover.

43. Arthur Miller’s play After the Fall is generally thought to be a thinly veiled portrayal of his marriage to Marilyn. The writer James Baldwin walked out of the play because he thought that “Maggie”, the Monroe character, was written so cruelly.

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 Marilyn Monroe with then-husband Arthur Miller in July 1956 Credit: AP

44. She only owned one home by herself: the house she died in at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood.

45. When she met Nikita Khrushchev, they discussed The Brothers Karamazov. She dreamed of playing the part of Grushenka in a film of the book.

22 mai 2016

New York Mirror 08/08/1962

1962-08-08-new_york_mirror-usa  Le journal américain de New-York New York Mirror du mercredi 8 août 1962, titre en Une "Hunt MM's Last Caller".

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07 mai 2016

Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction 02/2016 -2


Photographies


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

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


Lot 89027A Marilyn Monroe Never-Before-Seen Piece of Color Film Footage from Korea, 1954.
Shot on 8mm, approximately 1 minute and 21 seconds long, footage shows MM walking outside with a soldier escort (as she wears pants and a bomber jacket) while dozens of other soldiers surround her (to take her photograph), then it shows her getting into a car, then it (briefly) shows her performing on stage (as she wears the purple spaghetti-strapped sequined dress); shot by the current owner's father when he was stationed in Korea, he had close access to the star during the walking sequences, but was farther away when she was on stage; the original 1954 film was on three separate reels as the soldier shot tons of footage that didn't include MM (it's of the Korean people, the landscape, and fellow American soldiers) but it has now been spliced together and put on one modern-day plastic reel; the three 1954-era metal reels are still included as is a DVD transfer so the footage can be viewed.
Plastic Reel: 7"; Metal Reels: 5" 
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06 mars 2016

Les révélations morbides du croque-mort de Marilyn Monroe

vanity_fair_logoFaux-semblants
Les révélations morbides du croque-mort de Marilyn Monroe
publié le 10/06/2015
en ligne sur vanityfair.fr

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Un mythe s'effrondre. Après avoir conduit des stars à la morgue toute sa vie, Allan Abbott, le croque-mort de Hollywood, a publié ses mémoires dans un livre intitulé Pardon My Hearse. Et stupeur entre deux anecdotes à propos de John F. Kennedy ou Nathalie Wood, il dresse un portrait morbide du sex-symbol américain : fausses dents, lèvres gercées, jambes mal épilées, faux seins, peau abîmée, pédicure douteuse...

« Elle ne ressemblait pas à Marilyn Monroe mais à une femme banale, qui prend de l’âge et qui ne prend pas beaucoup soin d’elle », raconte Allan Abbot, qui s'est dit choqué par l’état dans lequel il a retrouvé la jeune femme, décédée à 36 ans d'une overdose de barbituriques.

Le croque-mort explique que, compte tenu de la position de Marilyn Monroe à sa mort, son visage n’était plus reconnaissable : « Marilyn est morte face contre terre. Elle avait des taches violettes sur ses joues et son cou était particulièrement enflé. » Ses cheveux, eux, étaient courts et crépus. « Ses jambes n’étaient pas épilées, ses lèvres en mauvais état. Elle avait besoin d’une manucure et d’une pédicure », continue-t-il.

L’état de sa poitrine a laissé les employés des pompes funèbres perplexes : « Elle ne ressemblait pas à Marilyn Monroe », révèle la femme du thanatopracteur, qui a rembouré le soutien-gorge de coton pour lui donner plus de formes.

Des révélations surprenantes pour cette incarnation du glamour, qui aurait néanmoins confié plusieurs fois à son psychiatre s'examiner régulièrement devant son miroir pour constater les effets de l'âge sur son corps.

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logo_molEXCLUSIVE: Marilyn Monroe had purple blotches on her face, falsie breasts and 'didn't take care of herself' reveals mortician who prepared her and other stars for burial
Article published in 9 June 2015
by Caroline Howe - online on dailymail

  • Allan Abbott and Ron Hast first job delivering flowers from the mortuary to the cemetery led to top funeral company - and limo service
  • They picked up Marilyn Monroe's remains and Abbott describes the  shocking state of her body in new book
  • 'She looked like a very average, aging woman who had not been taking very good care of herself,' he writes
  • They drove Natalie Wood's mother and her sister, Lana Wood to Natalie's funeral in 1981
  • Their limos drove John F. Kennedy and his entourage all over Los Angeles during the 1960 Democratic Convention
  • They picked up Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1963 at the San Bernardino train station for an incognito arrival into Los Angeles 

From Marilyn Monroe's hairy legs, to Natalie Wood's bruises, two morticians to the stars share their last unique and final glimpse of some of the cream of Hollywood.
Abbott & Hast became the funeral service of choice for Los Angeles' rich and famous during the 1960s.
When celebrities died, the firm would be relied on to pick up the bodies and chauffer them away.

So it was perhaps unsurprising when, on August 5, 1962, the company received a call to pick up the body of Marilyn Monroe after she was found dead in her home from a suspected overdose.
Abott revealed they had been shocked by the state of the starlet who bared almost no resemble so her stunning onscreen persona.

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Fallen star: Allan Abbott and Ron Hast were shocked when they saw the condition of Marilyn Monroe's body. Abbott and his brother write about it in gruesome detail in new book Pardon My Hearse

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Marilyn's bedroom: The room where film actress Marilyn Monroe's body was found on August 9, 1962

He added that her face had been marred by purple blotches, her roots were showing and she was in need of a manicure and pedicure.

The company also transported screen stars Clark Gable and Ernie Kovacs to their respective funerals, with Frank Sinatra and Jack Lemmon serving as pallbearers at the latter.
But it wasn't just the dead famous they transported.
Their limo service chauffeured married actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and even presidential nominee John F. Kennedy.

High school friends Allan Abbott and Ron Hast had bought their first old hearse to use on camping trips while prospecting rocks and fossils in the 1950s.
It also brought their first summer job during college, delivering flowers from the mortuary to the cemetery.
From standard hearses, to flower trucks, to rental limos, to an 'air hearse', a boat for scattering ashes at sea, funeral prop rentals - the company that Abbott and Hast created evolved into the leading hearse, mortuary and funeral service company in Hollywood.
Allan Abbot candidly writes about transporting famous corpses as well as driving celebrities and renting his cars and props to movie studies in Pardon My Hearse, a Craven Street Books publication to be published on June 15.

A 1941 morbid-looking black Packard hearse the pair purchased for a mere $40 started it all. They fitted what they called the 'black elephant' with a mattress and used it for long camping trips.
It felt creepy knowing that it had a history of transporting corpses and 'it took awhile to get used to seeing people make the sign of the cross or remove their hats as we drove by', Abbott writes.
Even Ron's parents made him park it a block away from their house.
When they were offered $400 for it, they sold it, bought two more hearses so that each of them owned their own hearse as their personal vehicle.
Their lucrative move to a venture in undertaking was serendipitous and began when they accepted a summer job to deliver flowers from a mortuary to a cemetery.
That segued into a request to pick up bodies for $95 - a big sum of cash for the two, new to the shroud business. They practiced on Abbott's mother – picking her up off the floor and placing her on an old ambulance cot.

'Now the time had come for us to decide if we were really prepared to be in such a predictably disquieting line of work, and we needed to know if we were mentally resolved to deal with what was sure to come', Abbott writes.
They rented an old building on the west side of Los Angeles in an area dubbed 'Death Row', zoned for mortuary operations and set up shop. In the basement they found old mortuary paraphernalia that included artificial arms, legs, dentures, wicker caskets, early embalming equipment.
And they were in business with calls from San Quentin State Prison to remove bodies after executions. They were called to remove a body at a candy factory after the worker had fallen into a vat of chocolate and drowned.

Movie studios starting calling requesting funeral cars to use in films.
The pair added a large flower truck in their fleet of vehicles using it for funerals of Jack Warner, head of Warner Brothers, actor Jimmy Durante, singer Mario Lanza, to name a few.
They were called on in the early 1960s to pick up Swedish film actress, Inger Stevens who was in a popular television show at the time, The Farmer's daughter, and drive her to Los Angeles International Airport.
When Abbott knocked on the door of her Hollywood apartment, he was informed by a man on the other side of the door that she had left for the airport in her own car.

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Rigor: Marilyn Monroe's body was first taken to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office. Early stages of rigor mortis had begun indicating she had been dead longer than the presumed three hours.. Monroe was found dead of a suspected  barbiturate overdose

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Shock: The body of actress Marilyn Monroe arrives at the mortuary. 'When we removed the sheet covering her, it was almost impossible to believe this was the body of Marilyn Monroe,' writes Abbott. 'She looked like a very average, aging woman who had not been taking very good care of herself'

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All-purpose: Allan Abbott and Ron Hast first job delivering flowers from the mortuary to the cemetery led to top funeral company - and limo service

Abbott and his girlfriend took it upon themselves to investigate the unidentified voice. It turned out to be Isaac Jones, President of Nat King Cole's Kell-Cole Productions and the first black person to produce an A-list picture when he was a producer of 'A Man Called Adam', starring Sammy Davis Jr.
Jones and Stevens had secretly married in Mexico in 1961 and kept it a secret believing an interracial relationship would ruin her career. Nine years later, after dating Burt Reynolds for a year in a reportedly volatile relationship, she was discovered unconscious on her kitchen floor and died of acute barbiturate intoxication en route to the hospital.
Friends never believed that she took her own life. She was still married to Jones at the time of her death.
Abbott & Hast were called for cars and drivers for Inger's funeral.

The following year, a call came into the West Los Angeles Police Station in the early hours of August 5, 1962. Dr. Hyman Engelberg identified himself to Sergeant Jack Clemmons on the desk and stated that Marilyn Monroe was dead in her house at 1230 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood.
Engelberg said Dr. Ralph Greenson had informed him that her death was from an overdose of Nembutal and stated it was suicide. Clemmons jumped into a squad car and headed out to her house.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office called Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery and instructed them to remove her body. Manager Guy Hockett took the assignment and discovered her body was in the early stages of rigor mortis, a condition that typically begins six to eight hours after death but he had been informed that death had occurred three hours prior to his arrival.
Hockett delivered her body to the mortuary.

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Ron Hast and Allan Abbott stand next to Monroe's casket prior to the service at the cemetery crypt. Their hearse drove Marilyn Monroe's casket in her funeral procession on August 8, 1962 to Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles

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Incognito: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor arrive in San Bernadino in 1963 by train in an effort to avoid large unruly crowds in LA. But Liz was put off that there weren't more fans waiting to see her

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The mortuary men picked up bodies for $95 - a big sum of cash for the two new to the shroud business. They practiced on Abbott's mother – picking her up off the floor and placing her on an old ambulance cot

Abbott's company was called and they sent Leonard 'Chris' Kreminski to assist in removing the body. It was later transported downtown for the postmortem.
'Because of the tremendous implications of this case, it took much longer for Coroner Theodore Curphey to finally make some statements. His best and most dedicated pathologist, Thomas Noguchi, known to some as 'The Knife,' spent about three times as much time as it usually took him to do a full postmortem.
'The deputies at the coroner's office informed me that Dr. Noguchi had been extremely thorough with his examination of her body. He spent a great deal of time looking for hypodermic needle marks, which he did discover in her arm pit, but this area is often used by doctors when treating female movie stars.
'He continued to search in unusual places like inside her nose, between her toes and fingers, under her tongue, and in her genitals, but was unable to discover any additional injection points', Abbott writes.

Abbott was present and entered the embalming room with the embalmer, identified only as 'Frenchie'.
'When we removed the sheet covering her, it was almost impossible to believe this was the body of Marilyn Monroe. She looked like a very average, aging woman who had not been taking very good care of herself. Obviously, the circumstances surrounding her death had greatly exacerbated her poor appearance and she was unrecognizable.

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Abbott drove the hearse for the 1962 funeral of actor Ernie Kovacs with Frank Sinatra and Jack Lemmon serving as pallbearers. Kovacs had been killed in a Chevrolet Corvair, one of the early rear-engine American cars that were discontinued because the car was known to go out of control after hard braking

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Their limos drove John F. Kennedy and his entourage all over Los Angeles during the 1960 Democratic Convention. Abbott says they had a hard time collecting payment from the candidate

'When someone dies, gravity causes the blood to settle to the lowest point of the body. This condition is called lividity, and considering that many people die lying on their backs, the discoloration that occurs is seldom visible.
'In Marilyn's case, she died face down, so there were purple blotches on her face, and her neck was very swollen. They had bathed her at the coroner's office, and her hair was frizzy and fairly short.
'You could tell she had not bleached it for some time, because the roots were darker and had grown out about half an inch.
'Her natural hair color was a light brown, not blonde. Her legs hadn't been shaved for at least a week, and her lips were badly chapped. She was also in need of a manicure and pedicure.'

'We began discussing the terrible swelling in her neck, and Frenchie decided that a surgical procedure was needed. This was out of my area of expertise, so I deferred to his decision. Frenchie knew how to correct the problem, but it wasn't going to be pretty.
'He instructed me to hold her on her side so he could make an incision in the back of her neck in the shape of a marquis diamond and remove about two square inches of skin. He then pulled the sides together and stitched it up. It wasn't pleasant to watch, but it was quite effective in reducing the swelling.
'Marilyn's executrix had just brought in her clothing, so Mrs. Hockett, wife of the cemetery's manager, rang me to come up to the office and pick up the package. She also informed me that the lady said Marilyn didn't wear panties, and she couldn't find any among her clothing.

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In 1981, Natalie Wood mysteriously drowned in the waters off of Catalina Island, California where she and her husband Robert Wagner and guest and actor Christopher Walken had been partying . Natalie's body was bruised from hitting the rocks and the coroner's pathologist chose to surgically remove some of that tissue to examine closely. Natalie was dressed in a full-length fur coat so that the bruising was not visible when the casket was open

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Robert Wagner comforts his daughter Courtney Brooke Wagner at Natalie's funeral.  The casket was carried from the hearse to the device used to lower it into the grave. Moving over to stand next to Abbot who was at the head of the casket was Christopher Walken – separated from the other attendees

'I also noticed that among the items was a small pair of false breasts. I had seen falsies before, but these were much smaller than any I'd seen'.

'That doesn't look like Marilyn Monroe,' Mrs. Hamrock stated. 'What happened to her boobs ?' In his own defense, Frenchie told her that the cutting of the ribs during the autopsy had caused this condition. He further stated that he had even used the falsies that were brought in with her clothing, but they had been much too small to enhance her physique'.
Mrs. Hamrock reached down and pulled at the neck of the dress, which was a very springy material. She reached in with her other hand to remove the falsies and threw them into the trash can. She then pulled some clumps of cotton off a roll and formed much larger breasts by stuffing her bra. At this point she stepped back and proudly exclaimed, 'Now that looks like Marilyn Monroe !'
Abbott later retrieved the falsies from the trash and took them home.

Sydney Guilaroff, Monroe's makeup man, and Allan 'Whitey' Snyder, arrived at the mortuary. Sydney brought the wig that was made for her for the film, Something's Got to Give, and Whitey applied her makeup.
Whitey told Abbott that Marilyn's breasts at age thirty-six were beginning to sag. She wore a bra but placed the little falsies between her bra and the sweater to make it look like she was unsupported and braless.

Joe DiMaggio kept a vigil at the mortuary. He stood by the casket for a while and then he walked in the cemetery outside and cried. They had married in January 1954 and Marilyn had filed for divorce 274 days later. They remained close and Joe never stopped loving her. Monroe was buried in Westwood Cemetery.

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Eventually the mortuary partners bought a plane and a boat so they could offer burial at sea or to have ashes scattered from the air or over the water

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That same year, 1962, Abbott was called to drive the hearse for actor Ernie Kovacs funeral. He directed pallbearers Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon and four others during the funeral ceremony with actress Kim Novak in attendance.

Kovacs had been killed in a Chevrolet Corvair, one of the early rear-engine American cars that were discontinued because the car was known to go out of control after hard braking. Ralph Nadar's book Unsafe at Any Speed sped up the demise of the Corvair.

In 1981, Natalie Wood mysteriously drowned in the waters off of Catalina Island, California where she and her husband Robert Wagner and guest and actor Christopher Walken had been partying. The call came in to Abbott to drive the family car and pick up Natalie's mother as well as her sister, Lana Wood.

The casket was carried from the hearse to the device used to lower it into the grave. Moving over to stand next to Abbot who was at the head of the casket was Christopher Walken – separated from the other attendees.

Natalie's body was bruised from hitting the rocks and the coroner's pathologist chose to surgically remove some of that tissue to examine closely. Natalie was dressed in a full-length fur coat so that the bruising was not visible when the casket was open.

'People have often asked me if my line of work was depressing. Sometimes that was the case but all things considered, it was certainly never dull'. Abbott admits to developing a gallows sense of humor. If asked how's business, he answered, 'Dead'. A slogan for the company was 'We'll be the last ones to let you down'.

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A MORTICIAN TO THE STARS
- They picked up Marilyn Monroe's remains and helped prepare it for burial, witnessing the shocking state her body was in at the time of death.
- Two years earlier, Abbott drove a family car for screen star Clark Gable's funeral at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California in 1960.
- Abbott drove the hearse for the 1962 funeral of actor Ernie Kovacs with Frank Sinatra and Jack Lemmon serving as pallbearers and attended by Kim Novak.
- They drove Natalie Wood's mother and her sister, Lana Wood to Natalie's funeral in 1981.
- Their limos drove presidential nominee John F. Kennedy and his entourage all over Los Angeles during the 1960 Democratic Convention – and had a hard time collecting from the candidate.
- They picked up Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1963 at the San Bernardino train station for an incognito arrival into Los Angeles sixty miles away, to have Elizabeth complain of no stargazers and Richard needing a drink
- They drove Carly Simon and a girlfriend to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in the Sixties listening to her complain that her new boyfriend resented her latest song. Carly then pulled two joints out of her handbag and the girls lit up. Allan didn't want to be high while driving but neither did he want to close the divider and not hear their gossip.

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Pardon My Hearse by Allan Abbott and Gregory Abbott published by Craven Street Books is available on Amazon June 15, 2015

03 janvier 2016

Marilyn talks about Joe DiMaggio

Extrait de l'interview de Georges Belmont de 1960

 

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