Milton Greene's Marilyn Monroe archive totals $750,000 at auction



2015-06-26 13:03:07

Milton Greene's Marilyn Monroe archive totals $750,000 at auction

The archive of Milton H Greene featured never before published shots of Marilyn Monroe

An incredible archive of Marilyn Monroe photographs from Milton H Greene (1922-1985)has sold for $750,000 in Poland, with the auction now the country's highest selling photograph sale of all time.

 Marilyn Monroe Milton H Greene Poland auction This shot is one of the most famous images of the blonde bombshell

The selection of 280 images, taken from a 4,000-strong collection of the famed celebrity and fashion photographer, was expected to reach $680,000, but soared past this by 10.2%.

Also featuring were shots of Hollywood greats such as Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

The photographs were taken by Greene in his capacity as Monroe's friend, adviser and business partner between 1953 and 1957. In both colour and black and white, Greene made most of the prints - some of which had never been published before - while Monroe was still alive, which increased their appeal to collectors.

Highlighting the sale was the famous image of Monroe seated in a ballet tutu, which sold for just under $20,000. A seductive shot of the star in black stockings followed, bringing bids of $16,000.

The auction house's Juliusz Windorbski told the Daily Mail newspaper: "Until now, Greene's photos were sold one by one or in a lot of no more than a few, but never so many at once."

The 4,000 photographswere obtained by the Polish governmentfrom Chicago businessman Dino Matingas, following a communist-era embezzlement scandal in the 1990s. All profits from the sale will benefit the Polish government as compensation from the affair, with further auctions of the collection expected to follow.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has sourced a collection of outstanding Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, including a newspaper clipping that she signed for a young serviceman aboard the USS Benham.

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