Lot 147: Monroe Marilyn



2015-07-10 15:41:51

Lot 147: Monroe Marilyn: (1926-1962) American Actress & Sex Symbol. D.S., Marilyn Monroe, Four Pages, 4To, N.P. (California?), 8Th October 1953. The Carbon Typed Document, On Onion Skin Paper (The First Sheet With The Printed Heading Of Radio Corporation Of America, Rca Victor Division, Record Department) Is A Contract For Monroe To Make Various Recordings For Phonograph Records, Stating, In Part, 'A Minimum Of Sixteen (16) Record Sides Shall Be Recorded....And For The Services To Be Rendered Hereunder By You, We Shall Pay You A Royalty Of 5% Of The Retail List Prices Of Records....Royalties For Records Sold Outside Of The United States Of America Are To Be Computed In The National Currency Of The Country....We Will Pay For The Services Of Accompanying Musicians, Vocalists, Arrangers And Copyists....Payment Of Accrued Royalties Shall Be Made Semi-Annually....We Shall Have The Right To Use And To Allow Others To Use Your Name, Signature And Likeness, And Biographical Material Concerning You, For Advertising....The Terms Of This Contract Shall Be Two (2) Years...' Signed In Bold Blue Fountain Pen Ink By Monroe At The Conclusion, Also Adding The Date, 8Th October 1953, In Her Hand. Countersigned By Emanuel Sacks, Vice President In Charge Of The Record Department At The Radio Corporation Of America, On 20Th October 1953, And Also By Joseph M. Schenck On Behalf Of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, On 12Th October 1953. Two File Holes And Some Further Small Pinholes To The Upper Edge Of Each Page And With Traces Of Former Mounting To The Verso Of Each Page In The Upper Corners, None Of Which Affects The Text Or Signatures. An Interesting Document Relating To Monroe'S Career. About Vg1953, The Same Year As The Present Document, Was A Pivotal One For Monroe. It Was In This Year That She Starred In Gentleman Prefer Blondes And How To Marry A Millionaire, Both Films Helping To Raise Her Status As A Major Box Office Star. In The Former Film, Her Rendition Of The Song Diamonds Are A Girl'S Best Friend Has Now Become Considered An Iconic Performance And The Song Was Listed By The American Film Institute As The 12Th Most Important Film Song Of All Time. Joseph M. Schenck (1878-1961) American Film Studio Executive, Academy Award Winner. As Chairman Of Twentieth Century Fox, Schenck Became Infatuated With The Young Monroe And Played A Major Role In Launching Her Career. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £3000 - 4000
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