Iconic photographs of American sex symbol Marilyn Monroe will go on sale this weekend. Last Thursday, July 26, 2013, the Los Angles auction house Profiles In History announced the sale of more than 3,700 photos of American pop icon Marilyn Monroe. The photos — plus negatives, slides and copyrights –will be sold this weekend.
The photos are part of a collection of more than 75,000 images taken by fashion photographer Milton Greene in the 1950s and 1960s. They will go on the block both at the auction house and online on Saturday.
By pairing the images with their copyrights, buyers will be allowed to print, sell and earn royalties off the photos. The photographer’s son Joshua Greene said earlier this month in online journal The Huffington Post that it was “a bad business deal.”
Greene’s unique relationship with Monroe allowed him to capture some of the most natural and intimate images of her. Some of the Monroe photos depict the starlet against a black background, covered in a black sweater that highlights her bare skin.
Other more innocent shots show Monroe in a white coat against a white background.
The two first met in 1953. Monroe was instantly taken by Greene’s talent after seeing samples of his photos for Look magazine.
“I was working on a set in Hollywood, and one of the Look writers came over to the set one day and asked me if I would like to look at some pictures in a portfolio,” Monroe said during an interview with Edward R. Murrow in 1955.
She appeared on the famous newsman’s “Person to Person” show with Greene and his wife, Amy. It was filmed live from his home in Connecticut.
“I saw some of the most beautiful pictures I’d ever seen,” she told Murrow. “I said, ‘ I’d like this photographer to photograph me.’ And he says ‘Well, here he is.'”
She looked him over and immediately quipped, “He’s just a boy!”
Greene was 31 at that time. Monroe was just 27.
When Greene sent her a copy of the images, Monroe responded with two dozen roses and phoned to say they were the most beautiful photos she had ever seen, according to the Profiles in History auction house.
The two became fast friends. So much so that together they formed Marilyn Monroe Productions in New York. The “Seven Year Itch” star even often stayed with the photographer at his Connecticut home.
Greene helped her produce two films, “Bus Stop” in 1956 and “The Prince and the Showgirl” the following year. He also became very protective of Monroe. Journalist Ezra Goodman once remarked that Monroe was protected by a “coterie of advisors headed by Milton Greene,” according to Donald Spoto’s “Marilyn Monroe: The Biography.”
The archive also includes photos by Greene of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Farrah Fawcett, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
On Line Catalogue: http://www.profilesinhistory.com/flipbooks/Milton-Greene-Auction/index.html