Marilyn Brings ‘Hollywood Cool’ to Bonhams

Following the recent auctions at Heritage and Julien’s, several Marilyn-related lots will go under the hammer this Wednesday, December 8, as part of the TCM Presents Hollywood Cool event at Bonhams in Los Angeles.

Shown above is Norma Jean(e) Dougherty’s entry in the 1945-46 Models Bluebook, with her vital statistics listed as “12 / 5’6″ / 118″ / “36 / 24 /34” and “Hair – Blonde / Eyes – Blue.” This striking portrait was shot by US Army photographer David Conover, who discovered her working at the Radioplane munitions plant. The vendor’s mother, Betty Vobril, was also featured in the catalogue for the Blue Book Modelling Agency, headed by Emmeline Snively from her office at the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard.

SOLD for $892

A group of 27 photos by Darlene Hammond, showing Marilyn at various public events in 1953. A pioneer in a male-dominated industry, Hammond’s work appeared in national magazines such as LifePeopleThe National Enquirer, and in hundreds of movie magazines from the 1950s through the ’70s. In these photos (printed from original negatives, most likely in the 1980s), we see Marilyn at the premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire, hobnobbing with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Robert Mitchum, and others; at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, signing her name in cement alongside Jane Russell; behind the scenes of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital benefit at the Hollywood Bowl, and at the Shrine Auditorium for the Los Angeles Examiner‘s annual show; and with stars such as Jack Benny, Donald O’Connor, and others.

SOLD for $2,167

An original screenplay for The Seven Year Itch, dated August 10, 1954 and marked as ‘final script,’ assigned to child actor Steven Benson, who played Ricky Sherman (uncredited) in the train station scene.

SOLD for $1,211

And finally, a watercolour and gouache sketch depicting Marilyn and Laurence Olivier, created during a promotional shoot for The Prince and the Showgirl with photographer Milton Greene by Joe Eula, a friend of Greene and fashion illustrator for Vogue (full story here.)

SOLD for $3,187

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