Candid Marilyn Monroe photographs star at Heritage
A collection of rare candid photographs of Marilyn Monroe is heading for auction at Heritage.
The rare snapshots, dating from the height of Monroe's career in the mid-1950s, were taken by 'The Monroe 6' – a group of teenage fans who followed her around New York whenever she was in town.
The collection is being offered for sale by James Collins, who was a member of the star-struck group along with his sister Eileen.
"When you saw her in person, she was THE movie star, no doubt about it!" said Collins. "We wanted nothing from her except the opportunity to take her picture or to get her autograph – and often times she would sign on the very photographs we had just taken of her the day before."
"During Marilyn's time in New York, I and the others photographed her in various locations around the city. We would then run to the drugstore to get our snapshots developed in multiples so that all of us could have all the shots we had taken of her (thus the reason for the different shapes and sizes of the photos my collection)."
"In the era before Google and GPS and TMZ and smartphones, we were alerted to Marilyn's appearances and whereabouts by sources ranging from Variety Magazine to her Upper East Side hairdresser. Marilyn got to know the six of us well as we journeyed around the city with her and I remember her always being gracious and friendly."
Several of the snapshots in the collection, including numerous never-before-seen black and white images, feature Monroe and members of the fan group, as well as her business partner Milton Greene and the photographer Sam Shaw.
The majority were taken in 1955-56, after Monroe had moved to New York to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. During this turbulent period she also divorced Joe DiMaggio, began a relationship with Arthur Miller and starred in her most iconic film The Seven Year Itch.
In addition to the photograph, the sale will also include a star-shaped light fixture that Monroe purchased in 1962 in Mexico for her new home in Brentwood, California, estimated at $4,000.
The Heritage Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction takes place in Dallas on February 20.
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