This 1970s print by Carl Perutz (at left) was the top seller at yesterday’s Julien’s Auctions online sale of memorabilia for Marilyn’s 96th birthday, fetching $8,960. The photograph came from the vast collection of Kim Goodwin, a celebrity makeup artist known for his unique Marilyn dolls, who passed away in 2018. An original contact sheet from the same 1958 ‘hat sitting’ sold for $1,920.
These large prints from Marilyn’s 1956 ‘Black Sitting,’ signed by photographer Milton Greene, fetched $3,200 each; and a lithograph from Marilyn’s last photo session, signed by George Barris, sold for $1,024.
And in what looks like yet another example of fans bidding way over the odds, Norman Mailer‘s Marilyn (1973) and Milton’s Marilyn (1994) fetched $2,560 each; while Christie’s The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe (1999) sold for $896.
You can view more of my picks from the auction here.