Lot 839: Vintage glossy 8 x 10 full-length photo of Monroe posing in a one-piece bathing suit, signed and inscribed in thick ink, "To 82nd Fighter Sqdn., Love & Kisses, Marilyn Monroe." Overall bends, creases, and soiling, many tack holes to borders and corners, some paper loss to corners (most notably to the upper right), and significant staining affecting the inscription and signature, otherwise very good condition. Monroe famously made a trip to Korea in 1954 to entertain the American troops stationed overseas, performing as part of the USO show. Her popularity within the military ranks is evident in this photo—it must have been displayed and admired wherever the 82nd went. An exceptionally desirable signed image and important association in American pop culture.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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