Merry Merry Marilyn is an online-only event at Julien’s Auctions, featuring over 200 Monroe-related items with bids closing on December 21.
My selection begins with this 1991 catalogue from a Toronto exhibition for David Conover, the army photographer who ‘discovered’ Norma Jeane on the factory floor.
Contract dated August 21, 1952, arranging for Marilyn to be ‘loaned out’ by her home studio, Twentieth Century Fox, to appear in producer Jerry Wald’s Clash By Night at RKO Pictures; and a pin-up shot from this period (1986 reprint.)
Bank statement from November-December 1951, addressed to Marilyn at the North Crescent Drive home of her acting coach, Natasha Lytess, with whom she lived during filming of Don’t Bother to Knock.
A colourised promotional still, showing Marilyn with William Powell and Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953.)
Candid snapshots taken during Marilyn’s 1954 tour of Korea.
‘Marilyn Monroe’s Sunset Strip Nightmare’ canvas by UK street artist Charles Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil. (The image is based in a 1954 photo of Marilyn in New York.)
Photos taken by Manfred L. Kreiner during Marilyn’s promotional tour of Chicago for Some Like It Hot (1959.)
Detail from a Bruce Davidson photo taken at the press party for Let’s Make Love; and a screenplay reportedly given by Marilyn to Charles Faso, a doorman at her New York apartment building. (A painting by Faso, taken from Marilyn’s estate and depicting her in the movie, was sold at Christie’s in 1999.)
Colour transparency by Eve Arnold, showing Marilyn in the Nevada desert during filming of The Misfits; used on the cover of The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe, the historic 1999 auction at Christie’s.
Photos, artwork and publications related to Bert Stern.
Legal paperwork compiled shortly after Marilyn’s death in August 1962, signed by her attorney Aaron Frosch; and pre-production French artwork for the 1963 documentary Marilyn, also featuring presenter Rock Hudson.
A 1992 Bonhams‘ auction catalogue, featuring photos by George Barris and others; a 6-page pamphlet from the estate of Harold Lloyd; and postcards advertising a 90th birthday celebration for Marilyn at Heritage Auctions, featuring a photo taken during filming of Niagara by Allan ‘Whitey’ Snyder.
UPDATE: A print from Marilyn’s nude calendar session – signed by photographer Tom Kelley – and the Let’s Make Love screenplay were among the best-selling items – more on the auction here.