Lot 767: Stunning vintage glossy 8 x 10 full-length photo of Monroe standing sideways in a black bathing suit and heels, signed and inscribed in black ballpoint, "To the Thanatopsis Literary Straight-shot close order Drill and Bemager Society, Love & Kisses, Marilyn Monroe." In fine condition, with scattered dings to extreme edges (mostly along the left side). Entitled 'Black Bathing Suit #2,' this photo was originally taken by famed photographer Frank Powolny in 1950 as a part of a series for 20th Century Fox. Most famously associated with his classic World War II pinup of Betty Grable, Powolny remained a trusted photographer for Monroe throughout her career, and is noted as taking the last known still photographs of the starlet during production of Something's Got to Give, one week before her death in 1962. A simply incredible signed photo, exuding Marilyn's appeal and boasting an unusually long and intriguing inscription.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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