Carl Perutz’s Marilyn Tops Bids at Julien’s Birthday Sale

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.

A 1950s set of playing cards featuring images from Marilyn’s nude calendar session with Tom Kelley fetched $2,560; and a liquor store receipt, billed to Marilyn in 1956, sold for $1,600.

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.