Rare Marilyn Monroe photos, letters, telegrams and a money clip to be sold at Julien's Auctions
Date: 18 Mar 2012 | | Views: 2394
LOS ANGELES (AP).- A collection of never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe — and their accompanying copyrights — are going up for auction.
Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says more than 100 images of Monroe will be sold the highest bidders later this month.
The photos come from the estate of Allan "Whitey" Snyder, Monroe's personal makeup artist for 15 years. One image shows Snyder applying makeup to a lingerie-wearing Monroe on the set of "Let's Make Love" in 1960.
Letters, telegrams and a money clip from Monroe to Snyder are also among the lots set to be sold during Julien's Auctions' Hollywood Legends sale on March 31 and April 1. The auction also includes memorabilia from Frank Sinatra, James Dean, Charlie Chaplin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Lots for sale are:
MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES COLOR SLIDES
Two original color transparency slides of Marilyn Monroe, taken on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The photographs were taken by Monroe's makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder. Together with two black and white photographs of Snyder applying Monroe's makeup on set. Rights to the slide images will be transferred to the winning bidder. Photographs, 8 by 10 inches; Slides, 2 by 2 inches each.
MARILYN MONROE ORIGINAL THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL COLOR SLIDES
A group of six original color transparency slides of Marilyn Monroe, taken on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). The photographs were taken by Monroe's makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder. Rights to the images will be transferred to the winning bidder. Slides, 2 by 2 inches each.
MARILYN MONROE TELEGRAM TO ALLAN "WHITEY" SNYDER
A typed Western Union telegram from Marilyn Monroe to Allan "Whitey" Snyder sent upon her being fired from the film Something's Got to Give (20th Century Fox, 1962). In full, "Dear Whitey, Please believe me it was not my doing./ I had so looked forward to working with you. Warmly/ Marilyn." Something's Got to Give was never finished and was Monroe's last work before her death on August 5, 1962.
MARILYN MONROE GIFTED MONEY CLIP
A Tiffany money clip, stamped 14K, gifted to Allan "Whitey" Snyder by Marilyn Monroe. The clip is engraved "Whitey Dear:/ While I'm still warm/ Marilyn." Snyder, already a successful Hollywood makeup artist, first worked with Monroe during her 1946 screen test with 20th Century Fox, which resulted in her first studio contract. Snyder went on to become Monroe's on-screen and personal makeup artist. Monroe and Snyder developed a close friendship during their 16-year association, so close in fact that Monroe made the macabre request that Snyder do her makeup for her own funeral should anything ever happen to her. Snyder's glib response: "Sure, bring the body back while it is still warm and I'll do it." Not long after that Monroe gave Snyder this money clip. In 1962 Snyder sadly kept his promise of preparing Monroe's final makeup. Accompanied by a Tiffany cloth holder; a letter from Westwood Memorial Park thanking Snyder for his cosmetic work and for being a pallbearer at Monroe's funeral, with original transmittal envelope; a black and white photograph of Snyder and the other pallbearers carrying Monroe's coffin; and an article from The Enquirer that shows the pair together and discusses the promise Snyder made to Marilyn and her gift. 2 1/4 by 1 inch
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