Marilyn in Korea: Negatives Set for Auction

Twelve original colour negatives from Marilyn’s 1954 trip to Korea, plus a set of prints made during the 1970s, has will go under the hammer in a virtual ‘Summer’s Bounty’ at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries of Maine on July 18. Bidding starts at $1,000, with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

“Private and Unique Photos of Marilyn taken Feb 17, 1954 by a US Army Officer who obviously was part of the inner circle, as he is very close to her on stage, with officers and MPs. She is shown in front of a huge crowd at a mountain base; 1st Marine Division camp in the remote and precipitous mountains outside the capital city, arriving by the helicopter shown sitting on the pad, with a truck having her star on the side, initially in a flight jacket, then riding a jeep, then in just her slinky dress with a matching matador jacket, which she must have removed to perform as later photos by other photographers that day show, and you know it was COLD there in late February. Appears to be U.S. Marine Colonel William K. Jones, who invited her to come while she was on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio in Japan.”

UPDATE: The set was sold for $1,000.