Marilyn Monroe Hollywood sign artwork to auction at $250,000



2015-06-26 13:02:40

Marilyn Monroe Hollywood sign artwork to auction at $250,000

A unique piece of Marilyn Monroe-themed art that incorporates the original Hollywood 'H' is set to sell

The iconic Hollywood sign has sat atop the star studded area since the early 1920s, and now the original "H" has been incorporated into a unique piece of Marilyn Monroe-themed artwork.

Marilyn Monroe Hollywood H artwork auction A famed drunken car crash led to the creation of this unique piece

The sign was first erected in 1923 and originally read "HOLLYWOODLAND", as an advertisement for a residential development in the Hollywood Hills area. Intended to last for justa year and a half, it gained international recognition and the decision was made to keep the sign.

The letter H from the sign was famously destroyed, after its caretaker, Albert Kothe, drunkenly drove his car through it in the early 1940s. The letter has now been transformed into a brilliant piece of art that has been consigned to a December 15-16 auction in the capital of American cinema.

Created by Bill Mack, The Gentleman's H is a mixed media, acrylic and oil work depicting Hollywood's favourite leading ladies Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

It features three sections of the original sign panel, which have been reconstructed to a proportionally correct version of the complete letter, and mounted on to metal tubing. With an image of the iconic sign serving as the background, it is expected to sell for $150,000-250,000.

The sale comes one year before the 90th birthday of the Hollywood sign, which iscurrently receiving a makeover in a 10-week renovation project.

Theauction willoffer another historic item that has been transformed into a work of art. The desk at which Bram Stoker penned his Dracula novel has beenredesigned by a master furniture maker andis expected to bring $60,000-80,000.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has sourced some of the finest Marilyn Monroe memorabilia currently available. Our collection is led by an autographed newspaper clipping, which the actress signed for a young serviceman whom she met while performing aboard the USS Benham.

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