Julien’s Auctions is hosting an online auction that features over 100 Marilyn Monroe photographs by some of the most significant photographers of the era, including George Barris, Andre de Dienes, Douglas Kirkland, Milton Greene, Joseph Jasgur, Bruno Bernard, Richard Avedon and more.
“The featured photographs spanning Marilyn’s career include early images of Norma Jean Baker captured by Joseph Jasgur before her transition to Marilyn Monroe. Rare highlights include photographs by Bruce Davidson of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, a John Bryson photograph of Marilyn Monroe with her husband Arthur Miller, Nat Dillinger photographs of Marilyn dancing on the set of Let’s Make Love, and Bruno Bernard photographs of Marilyn on the set of Niagara. The sale also features a selection of rare and recognizable movie stills and publicity photos from Marilyn’s most significant acting roles.
“Notable portions of the sale include over 25 photographs taken by Douglas Kirkland during the famous “Nude In White Silk Sheet” photoshoot from November 17th, 1961. Kirkland recently memorialized this photoshoot in his book With Marilyn: An Evening 1961 where he quoted “At a certain point, Marilyn herself said, ‘I know what we should do. We should have a bed, and a white silk sheet.” “She insisted it must be silk, and it went from there.” The result was a series of photographs showing Marilyn as angelic in a cloud-like atmosphere where her sensuality radiates. The sale also features a collection of over 25 photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken by George Barris just weeks before the legend’s untimely passing. Photographs from several different shoots are highlighted including Marilyn on Santa Monica Beach on July 13th, 1962 and Marilyn in the Hollywood Hills from 1962.
“A selection of photographs from historic appearances, including a group of 8 images sold with copyright from Marilyn’s arrival in Korea to support and perform for the US troops abroad, as well as a Robert H. McKinley photograph of Marilyn addressing the troops from atop an army tank in Korea. Also offered are personal and introspective photographs of Marilyn including Eve Arnold’s image of Marilyn Monroe sitting quietly reading a favorite book under a tree outdoors.”
Clearly some important photographs are on the auction block. The sale runs online at www.julienslive.com and closes on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. PST.