Sunday, December 28, 2008
Carey purchased Monroe's white piano at the 1999 Christie's Auction "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Lot 21. The piano is shown here in Carey's New York City apartment.
Marilyn with the piano in her own New York City apartment, 1958.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
A Marilyn Monroe letter handwritten to Joe DiMaggio, probably 1962.
Penned in blue ballpoint ink on a folded piece of off-white stationery, note reads in full:
Dear Joe, / If I can only succeed / in making you happy - / I will have succeeded / in the biggest and most / difficult thing there is - / that is to make one person / completely happy. Joe;"
Evidently unfinished, this letter is almost identical to another one that was found amongst Monroe's possessions after her death, which was featured in the 2008 August issue of Vanity Fair magazine. In that note, the verbiage is exactly the same with the exception of an extra sentence and a misspelling as well as two scribble marks (as if her ink was running out). The piece offered in this lot was likely written after the other one as she corrected the word "bigest" to "biggest." Monroe never finished this (or the other) note, so we'll never know what her intentions were, however, many have speculated that she and DiMaggio were getting back together and that she may even have been composing this letter on the last day of her life.
This letter sold for $36,000.00.
A Marilyn Monroe signed 'United States of America Department of Defense' identification card, 1954.
Laminated with a black and white photograph of the star in the upper left-side corner, a date of "8 Feb. 1954," and a typed name of "DiMaggio, Norma Jeane;" Monroe's signature using this name is penned in blue fountain pen ink on the lower right-side corner; back of card shows her two finger prints as well as her personal statistics: "Height [5'5 1/2"], Weight , Color of Hair [Blonde], Color of Eyes [Blue], Religion [None], Blood Type [Unk], Date of Birth [1 June 26]."
Though this ID card has been reproduced as a souvenir item and sold in stores and has also been seen in many books, this piece appears to be the actual one that Monroe used when she performed for the troops in Korea while she and Joe DiMaggio were on their honeymoon.
This ID Card sold for $57,000.00.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The so-called 'Last Sitting' was in fact an extended shoot made in three phases. The encounter between the already world-famous star and the young Bert Stern -- destined unwittingly to make these historic last pictures of her -- was the result of a commission that Stern was able to secure from Vogue. The magazine sponsored his fulfilment of a dream he had nurtured for some years.The tone was set from their first meeting. In the seclusion of the Hotel Bel-Air, Monroe relaxed into a long and productive first session. Stern succeeded through this and their subsequent sessions to capture an extraordinary sense of intimacy, grace and vulnerability on the part of his subject. The eight-page Vogue feature was prepared and the presses were about to run when news was received of her tragic death. Stern takes up the story: 'What was going to happen to the pictures now? When I got in early Monday morning, the studio was buzzing. Vogue had already called. They had stopped the presses and were having an emergency meeting. They only had a couple of hours to decide what to do. At first they all agreed that there was no way they could let it run. And then someone said no, the pictures are beautiful. Why don't we just pull the fashion copy and print something special on the first page?So they left the section just as it was. They didn't change one part of the layout. The pictures became a memorial -- Vogue's salute to Marilyn....' (from The Complete Last Sitting, p. 29)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Their sensational and sudden marriage unravelled almost as soon as it began when the writer realised he would be swamped by the actress's insecurities. 'I wasn't prepared for what I should have been prepared for, which was that she had literally no inner resources,' Miller said later, while Monroe commented that she felt she had let down her new husband - who believed her an 'angel' - by showing the 'ugly' side of herself.
The sensitive, bedazzled Miller-in-love stands in contrast to the rigorous intellectual, but he is no less convincing. The two sides of the man unite in the playwright's brittle response to the news of Marilyn's death, years after they had parted. It was, he said, 'inevitable'. He would not go to the funeral, he added, because 'she won't be there'.
Available January 1, 2009.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Victor Carranza is designing a much-anticipated new line of clothing in the spirit of our favorite female icon, Marilyn Monroe. Her sense of style is almost as iconic as the name itself.
What can be expected from the designs? Hopefully Carranza will stay true to Marilyn’s body, making his designs accessible to women of all sizes. Envision a line that varies from fashionable everyday wear to evening gowns that you could sing to a president in (when is Obama’s birthday?).Marilyn Monroe may already be a fashion inspiration to many (Lindsay Lohan's leggings, perhaps?), but now, she's about to have a renaissance: designer Victor Carranza (who created many custom designs for Monroe herself) is launching House of Monroe, a luxury collection inspired by the icon. The brand's licensees have obtained the master license from the Marilyn Monroe estate, and are the only companies with the actual rights to reproduce Monroe's image. In addition to House of Monroe, which will be sold at upscale retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, a contemporary line of jeans and tees called Norma Jeane is being launched, and will be carried at stores like Atrium.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
These images have always been haunting. Seeing her belongings in this setting is fascinating, yet strange, and difficult to understand. Her clothing, her furniture, her jewels, her awards, her piano...stashed away, and some might even say carelessly. Many of her belongings survived the years of storage, yet some did not. Clothing items retrieved from storage were moldy from water damage, some items even being rusted, and many pieces had moth damage.
It's sad to realize that the personal effects of the greatest star of the 20th century were placed in cardboard boxes and barrels in a storage warehouse in New York for decades, with seemingly little attention paid to preserving the legacy. Most of these items were not seen or cared for until removed from storage in preparation for the 1999 Christie's Auction, The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Not just a useful addition to your Marilyn Monroe collection or kitchen, the Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe coffee set could lay claim to being a piece of art in its own right. But let's start with the basics - four cups, perfect for coffee, great to look at and all featuring Warhol's take on the 1950s movie icon. But if you stack them all tall, the images all join together, which means your very own piece of pop art. Until you need a cup of coffee.
Available online now, the set sells for £59.99.Find out more at the Wonky Bunny website. For more of the same with a contemporary twist, check out the Switched On Set website.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This piece was originally offered at the 1999 Christie's sale "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe" in 1999, Lot 346. It either didn't sell in 1999, or the lot winner never paid for it.
It was offered by Christie's again in 2000, when it sold for $4,465.
In 2005, the painting was offered by CooperOwen Auction house. It sold for £9,500.
In 2006, the painting was offered by Bonhams Knightsbridge. It didn't sell.
In 2007, the painting was offered by The Fame Bureau’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus. It sold for $13,000.
Quite a journey for a truly unique Monroe owned item.
This painting was fashioned after a 1955 Mondern Screen magazine cover with an image of Marilyn. The artist was Romeo Catozella.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
#1. Humphrey Bogart
#2. Katharine Hepburn
#3. James Stewart
#4. Marilyn Monroe
#5. John Wayne
#6. Cary Grant
#7. Marlon Brando
#8. Clark Gable
#9. Charlie Chaplin
#10. Bette Davis
Isn't it interesting that Marilyn was in films with Grant, Gable and Davis? They're all listed in the top ten. She was also close to Brando. The full list, along with the article on Marilyn, is included below.
An ad in this magazine channels Marilyn Monroe:
Saturday, December 6, 2008
November 29 - February 22, 2009
Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend
This exciting and fascinating exhibition brings together hundreds of images inspired by one of the most famous women of the twentieth century. It includes photographs of Marilyn Monroe in poses which have become iconic images of our time as well as many candid shots of the famous actress and singer from her days as Norma Jeane to the heyday of her spectacular fame as Marilyn Monroe, sex symbol and international sensation.
Some Like It Haute: The Costumes of Marilyn Monroe
Here’s a rare chance to get a close look at some of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous costumes, plus sketches by her favourite studio designers. A strapless gown from How to Marry a Millionaire, a halter gown from Let’s Make Love, a replica of the ‘subway dress’ from The Seven Year Itch, and the risqué cocktail dress from Some Like It Hot are amongst the 11 featured costumes.
A Tailored Jacket: A tailored jacket of fine grey wool embellished with deep fox fur collar, the three-quarter length sleeves with turn-up cuffs, lined with slate grey silk. Marilyn wore this jacket to receive the Crystal Star Award, which is the French equivalent of the Oscar.
Price Realized: $58,246
1999 Price Realized: $27,600