Marilyn Monroe memorabilia was and
still is the most sought after of any American celebrity. Others whose
items are very collectable include, but are not limited to, Humphrey
Bogart, Princess Diana (in Canada and the UK as well), Elvis Presley,
The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Babe Ruth, John F. Kennedy, Rudolph
Valentino, Mary Pickford and many, many others.
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July 2007 Marilyn Monroe display in Star Center
in Snohomish, WA
In December of 1958, Life Magazine invited Marilyn to recreate five
fabled actresses. They were: Lillian Russell, Theda Bara, Marlene
Dietrich, Jean Harlow, and Clara Bow. Jean Harlow was Marilyn’s
lifelong idol. Revolutionary American fashion photographer Richard
Avedon (1923-2004) was engaged to take the photos. One of the photos he
took is the photo of Marilyn as Jean Harlow which you see here. This is
one of the finest and most meaningful photos ever taken of Marilyn. We
have never seen any of the five Marilyn photos offered for sale by any
of the major auction houses in the US.
This is the finest and most superb photo ever taken of silent movie
icon Jean Harlow. Marilyn and Richard Avedon modeled her Life magazine
photo after this photo.
1954: Marilyn in an East Sixties brownstone in Manhattan calling to
“Seven Year Itch” co-star Tom Ewell. Photos taken by famed Hollywood
photographer George Barris. Not a planned photo shoot.
Marilyn made a photo album for a friend and wrote “This is my favorite”
because it was Norma Jean.
The world famous “skirt scene” was filmed November 9, 1954 at 52nd
Street and Lexington avenue in New York.. It was shot after 2:00 AM in
front of a crowd of about four thousand people. This was part of the
filming of “The Seven Year Itch.” Marilyn’s husband Joe DiMaggio was
there to witness the spectacle. It may have been the nail in the coffin
of their marriage. The next day Joe returned to California, alone.
Studio test shot for the filming of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Not a
publicity photo. Not reproduced for distribution. May be the only one
Norma Jean baker Mortensen married James Dougherty June 19, 1942. She
was 16. Four years later in 1946 she took this photo wearing her
In 1953, Marilyn appeared in ads for Tru-Glo makeup and lipstick made
by the Westmores of Hollywood.
Cast of “The Misfits”, 1961. Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery
Clift, Eli Wallach, John Huston, Arthur Miller, playwright, Frank
Taylor. Not shown: Thelma Ritter, James Barton, Estelle Winwood, Kevin
McCarthy. Sadly this is the last film for both Marilyn and Clark.
Within 22 months, both would be gone.
Baby Doll, 1956. Marilyn wanted to star in this but the role went to
Carroll Baker. The role made her famous. To show there were no hard
feelings, Marilyn served as an usherette at the Baby Doll benefit for
Actors Studio on December 4, 1956.
1949 photo by Andre de Dienes shot at Tobey Beach outside of New York
City. He was at one time her future husband.
Joseph Paul DiMaggio, baseball star, married Marilyn on January 14,
1954. In February she interrupted their honeymoon when she was asked to
go on a USO trip to Korea to entertain our troops. To be able to go,
she had to get a United States of America Department of Defense
Identification Card. This is an enlarged photo of that card, issued to
and signed as Norma Jean DiMaggio. Photo taken February 4, 1954 and
card issued February 8, 1954. Note: we all know how bad our photos are
when we renew our drivers license. Marilyn had no beauty salon to
prepare her, yet look how her natural beauty carried through. Marilyn
often stayed as the Beverly Hills Hotel. This item was displayed at the
hotel and on February 4, 1984 a Norma Jean Memorabilia Exhibition was
held. In all probability this item is one-of-a-kind.
A very fine photo of a pensive Marilyn with a pen in her hand. Her
natural beauty is very apparent.
March 9, 1953- Scandal follows Marilyn’s appearance at the Photoplay
magazine award in this tissue-thin gold lamé gown from
“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
Golden Dreams calendar- in May 1949, Marilyn was just another blonde
Hollywood starlet without a studio. She didn’t have a job; she was
broke. Tom Kelly had previously asked her to pose in the nude and she
had declined. She called Tom and asked if the offer was still open. Of
course it was; Marilyn got $50 for the photo shoot. That was the
beginning of the most famous and sought after calendar in the world,
and Marilyn would never lie or deny that it was her in the photos. With
the news of her nude calendar, Marilyn unintentionally perpetrated the
single most effective publicity feat in showbusiness history; the
Golden Dreams calendar and other Marilyn Monroe items (ashtray,
cocktail glasses, etc.) went on to earn somewhere near an million
dollars in the mid-‘50s. That would be like five million or more in
Sadly some of our entertainment friends left us way too soon. A few of
them are: James Dean, Elvis Presley, Jayne Mansfield, Carole Lombard,
Princess Diana, and Jean Harlow. Let’s not forget the pleasure these
and many others gave us over the years.
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