Lot 946: Marilyn Monroe

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:44:42

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Lot 946: DS, two pages, 8.5 x 11, June 5, 1952. An agreement between 20th Century Fox and Monroe concerning adjustments in Monroe's compensation schedule under her original 1950 agreement with the studio. In part: "Pursuant to your request to have your salary pro-rated over the balance of Option (a) of your contract, this will confirm our mutual understanding…Please understand that this arrangement is for your convenience only, and in no way affects your original contract, nor does it affect any additional monies due you." Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Monroe and countersigned by Paymaster A. W. DeWeese. In fine condition, with expected document wear. Only days after Monroe executed this contract, she flew to New York to begin filming Niagara, spending the week upstate and the weekends in New York City with her new boyfriend, Joe DiMaggio, who she had begun dating early in the year. It was in 1952 that Monroe began her rapid rise to stardom as she took on more substantial film roles. She had appeared on the cover of Life in April, who billed her as 'The Talk of Hollywood.' Then, in September 1952, Fox released Monkey Business in which she appeared with Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers—it was in that film that Monroe appeared with her signature platinum-blond hair. As a document from the start of Monroe's apotheotic rise to pop culture superstar, this is an extraordinary and significant contract. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $6000-8000
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