Douglas Kirkland’s Marilyn Poster Tops Bids at Julien’s

Rather surprisingly, this Douglas Kirkland poster was the top-selling item – with a single bid of $3,520 – in this week’s online event at Julien’s Auctions, ‘Happy 95th Birthday, Marilyn!’

A 1970s print from Bert Stern‘s ‘last sitting’ with Marilyn fetched $2,880, and a signed print from Stern’s ‘black dress sitting‘ sold for $2,240.

‘Marilyn: Lady in the Light,’ a 1992 print of this Earl Moran painting of Marilyn circa 1948, fetched $1,920.

Among various images by Milton Greene, these two prints – showing Marilyn on a break from filming Bus Stop (1956) – sold for $1600 each.

Artist Brett-Livingstone Strong’s 1986 Styrofoam replica of Marilyn’s concrete slab outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – displaying her hand and high-heel prints as well as her facsimile signature – also fetched $1600.

Among a selection from Marilyn’s last photo shoot with George Barris, these signed prints sold for $1,280 each.

Among the books on offer, a numbered edition Andre de Dienes book from Taschen – with case signed by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (top) and more surprisingly, a 2012 hardback accompanying the Ferragamo Museum‘s Marilyn exhibition (bottom), fetched $1,152 each.

And finally, this Gentlemen Prefer Blondes portrait signed by photographer Edward Clark, sold for $1,024.

You can view my personal selections from the auction – now with updated totals – over here.