Unseen candid Marilyn Monroe photographs added to Julien's auction
A collection of rare candid photographs of Marilyn Monroe, owned by one of her biggest fans, will be sold at Julien's in Los Angeles later this year
The archive of photographs, along with items of personal memorabilia, will be offered from the collection of Frieda Hull – one of the original 'Monroe Six'.
The 'Six' were a group of teenagers from New York who followed Monroe wherever she went on the East Coast, photographing her outside of her hotel, her home, and at public events she was attending.
Over the years Monroe came to know and befriend the group members, signing their photographs, presenting them with small gifts and even inviting them to a picnic at her home in Connecticut.
Hull's job as an airline employee also enabled her to follow Monroe on the West Coast, and throughout her life she built up an archive of rare photographs spanning the actress' entire career.
In addition to the photographs that members of the 'Six' took themselves, Hull's collection features a wide range of previously unseen images. They include unseen colour photos of Monroe as she sang 'Happy Birthday' for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden; slides of her on location filming the iconic subway skirt-blowing scene from The Seven Year Itch; and images of her and husband Arthur Miller after the premiere of Some Like It Hot in 1959.
In all, the Frieda Hull collection includes 550 colour and black & white candid photographs, more than 150 slides, close to 750 movie stills, publicity photos and lobby cards, and even personal home movies of Monroe leaving her New York apartment in 1958.
Aside for the photographic archive, Hull's personal collection also includes memorabilia such as locks of Monroe's hair, a scarf gifted by Monroe herself, Hull's original ticket and program to the 1962 JFK Madison Square Garden gala, and a Gladstone Hotel menu autographed by Monroe and Miller.
The collection will be offered as part of Julien's forthcoming landmark Marilyn Monroe auction in Los Angeles this November, which also features memorabilia from the collections of David Gainsborough-Roberts and the Estate of Lee Strasberg.