Marilyn at Julien’s: Glamour Shots and Candids

In the second of a series of posts on the Hollywood: Legends and Explorers event at Julien’s Auctions on July 17, a look at some photos of Marilyn on offer. Shown above is an original first issue of Playboy, signed by founder Hugh Hefner (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.)

SOLD for $15,625

Shown above, a colour slide by Laszlo Willinger (Estimate: $300-$500); and below, a red colour transparency by Edward Clark (Estimate: $300-$500.)

SOLD for $1,600 and $320 respectively

At left, another Willinger portrait signed by Marilyn, ‘To Eline, Keep safe for me’ (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and at right, Marilyn holds a fur stole while photographer John Florea ‘helps’ her to pose. A Saks Fifth Avenue box can be in the background (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.)

SOLD for $7,680 and $1,600 respectively

Original negatives with prints, showing Marilyn touring the Fox lot circa 1947 (top, estimate $1,000-$2,000); and attending the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, 1952, by G. Fred Lukens (Estimate: $600-$800.)

Fox lot photo unsold; Lukens photo sold for $1,024

Marilyn at a studio preview for There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954), with a handwritten note on the reverse listing celebrities in attendance, though not all are visible (Estimate: $600-$800.)

SOLD for $512

Around 110 vintage still photos from The Seven Year Itch (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.)

SOLD for $4,480

At top left, a group of 20 candid photos of Marilyn leaving New York in 1956 (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and another photo signed with ‘love and kisses‘ by Marilyn to fan Frieda Hull, also pictured with camera (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and at right, Marilyn’s return (Estimate: $300-$500.)

SOLD for $1,920; $5,120; and $312.50 respectively 

“A group of seven black and white original photographs of Marilyn on the set in Phoenix, Arizona, during the filming of Bus Stop (1956). Six of the images have handwritten annotations on verso, ‘MM sitting in stands waiting for filming to start’; ‘MM walking to stands to start working. Reminds me of her walk in Niagara’; ‘MM with rodeo official’; ‘MM talking to director Josh Logan’; ‘Boy shaking hands with MM. He was also at the airport when she arrived. She picked him up and held him. When she saw him again, she remembered him from the airport’; and ‘Filming finished, MM and Milton H. Greene walk to her car. That evening she left Phoenix for Calif.’ All images are likely never before seen, from the estate of Frieda Hull” (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.)

SOLD for $2,880

And finally, contact sheets owned by Marilyn, with images showing her on the set of The Misfits, wishing cinematographer Russell Metty a happy birthday – not Whitey Snyder as described (Estimate: $400-$600 each.)

SOLD for $576 and $640 respectively