Marvin Scott is best-known to TV viewers for his long tenure on WPIX, but as the New York Post reports, his career started when he was still in high school.
“The award-winning Channel 11 New York newsman recalls that the black-and-white shots were ‘taken by me as a teenager who managed to finagle myself into an opening night of the circus with my Bronx high school press pass.’
Monroe was making a guest appearance at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus charity show at Madison Square Garden. Scott told us the icon was ‘the star attraction at the opening-night benefit … She rode into the center ring on a pink elephant. It was her first public appearance since her divorce from Joe DiMaggio.’
He was just 15 at the time, but it wasn’t Scott’s first scoop. At 14, he sold a snap of a raging fire to the New York Daily News, according to his bio. The future award-winning reporter captured the snaps with a Rolleiflex.
He writes in an essay about the event: ‘There was a magical quality about this beautiful woman in front of a camera … There she was, as big as life, and I was taking her picture. Marilyn generated an electric charge with each click of the shutter, and I captured her image that has been frozen forever.'”
‘Marilyn’s Circus,’ a set of eight prints signed by Scott, went under the hammer at Heritage Auctions today, but the $2,500 reserve was unmet. Among the other Marilyn-related lots, the top sellers were these framed prints from her 1962 sessions with Bert Stern: ‘Marilyn Aroused’ ($3,500); and ‘I Beg of You’ ($2,625.)