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Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Raven Black Ford Thunderbird Heads

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 settembre 2018

Los Angeles, California This stunning Ford Thunderbird owned by Marilyn Monroe from 1955 to 1962 will be sold by Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, as part of their annual blockbuster event ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD to take place on November 17, 2018 live in Los Angeles and online at juliensauctions.com. It is estimated that it will sell for $300,000-$500,000.Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Raven Black Ford Thunderbird Heads To The Auction Block For The First Time At Julien’s Auctions
One of the most desired women in the world, Monroe’s life was deeply troubled, but during the time that she owned this car she was enjoying some of the happiest days of her life.
Soon after buying the Thunderbird, Monroe married the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller. A published report at the time suggests that Monroe and Miller drove this vehicle to their civil wedding ceremony on June 28, 1956 and likely their private wedding on June 30, 1956.
The Marilyn Monroe Thunderbird was purchased on December 20, 1955, from Westport Motors, Westport, Connecticut in the name of her corporation, Marilyn Monroe Productions. Most accounts suggest it was a Christmas gift from her business partner and photographer, Milton Greene.
Amy Greene, Milton Greene’s wife, speaking about this car, said: “Marilyn liked to drive. We’d take the convertible and with the top down, we’d go sailing along the highway. We both liked to feel the wind in our faces and the warmth of the heater on our legs.”It was a powerful car for its time with a 225 horsepower V-8 engine and a top speed of 113 MPH. This car features its complete dual, through the bumper exhaust system and gives a deep throaty roar at speed–adding to its “va-va voom” personality.The vehicle has a roadster body with two-doors and was designed to be Ford’s answer to the two seater Chevrolet Corvette. However, the Thunderbird emphasized driver comfort and amenities as well as performance. By dubbing it a “Personal Luxury Car” Ford created a whole new niche in the American automobile market. The 1956 model had the spare wheel mounted in a flashy exterior “continental kit” to allow for more trunk space.Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Thunderbird came from the factory with both its canvas convertible top and a detachable hard top with distinctive “porthole” windows. A truly iconic look for a Hollywood legend.Monroe owned this gorgeous vehicle for six years until generously giving it as an 18th birthday gift to John Strasberg, the son of director and acting coach, Lee Strasberg and his wife, Paula. Legal transfer likely took place only a few short months before Monroe’s tragic death on August 5, 1962.Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of the leading American auction house that bears his name, says: “Once in a while something comes along that has a powerful magic about it, a charisma, because of everything and everyone associated with it. This wonderful black Ford Thunderbird is not only part of automotive history but comes with an aura of glamour, romance and tragedy of a true Hollywood legend. It will make the centerpiece of any classic car collection and be an object of fascination to millions.”

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Happy birthday mr. president

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 settembre 2016

marilyn-monroeNew York. On Saturday, May 19, 1962, at a Democratic fundraiser and early 45th birthday celebration, President John F. Kennedy took his seat in Madison Square Garden anticipating what has now become one of the most iconic moments in entertainment and political history. In front of 15,000 guests, many of them celebrities, actor Peter Lawford was about to make an introduction that would change the course of pop culture and Presidential folklore forever. Under a bright spotlight, the legendary Marilyn Monroe walked on stage and peeled away her white ermine fur coat, revealing a skintight, sheer, flesh-colored dress that sparkled with over 2,500 handstitched crystals. The custom Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn into it last minute. Original sketch illustrated by Bob Mackie. When Marilyn appeared and the dress was finally revealed, the entire audience gasped.After Peter Lawford introduced her as the “LATE” Marilyn Monroe, she flicked the microphone and began to sing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in her trademark sultry, sexy voice with original lyrics she wrote herself.
Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Mr. President DressHowever, it was her intimate tone and projection of the words “Mr. President” that would stun the audience, excite the press and become a milestone in popular culture. The song and performance were remembered for many reasons, not the least because it was one of her last public appearances before her untimely death less than three months marilyn-monroe1later. Sadly, President Kennedy died a year later and that infamous night at MSG was the last known time they saw each other. The rendition by Marilyn remains one of the most famous, delivered in her halting, breathy tone. All in all, it lasted approximately 30 seconds, but more than five decades later, it remains the most famous version of “Happy Birthday” ever. The dress, the performance, Jacqueline Kennedy’s absence and photographs from the evening would spark ravenous rumors of an affair between the President and Marilyn.Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress – BackIn fact, it was Marilyn’s death in 1962 that prompted American artist Andy Warhol to create “Marilyn’s Diptych” — one of the most famous art homages to her, permanently securing Marilyn’s place in contemporary art history.“Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ is certainly one of the most famous impromptu performances in American history,” said Darren Julien, President & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “That rendition has lived on for decades as one of the most remarkable events in her career and certainly one of the most storied tales in popular culture history — a moment in time squarely at the center of the 1960s, Hollywood and Camelot. We are incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to offer this amazing dress to collectors, fans and contemporary art enthusiasts around the world.”
On November 17, 2016, Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, will once again make history when it exclusively offers the Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” Jean Louis creation at auction. Julien’s Auctions will give collectors and fans from around the globe one of the most awe-inspiring moments in auction history when the gavel comes down on the final bid for this remarkable object.

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Rare Archive of Marilyn Monroe Photographs Auction Announced by Julien’s Auctions

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 luglio 2016

Marilyn MonroeLos Angeles, Friday, November 11th – Friday, November 18th, 2016 Daily 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST Los Angeles Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars, has announced the Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Collection and Photography Archive to be auctioned in November 2016 as part of the highly-anticipated David Gainsborough-Roberts and Estate of Lee Strasberg Collections of Marilyn Monroe auction event.Rare behind-the-scenes photos of when Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. KennedyFrieda Hull was a member of the now famous “Monroe Six,” a New York City based group of teenagers who photographed Marilyn whenever and wherever they could. As an airline employee, Hull was in the enviable position of being able to photograph Marilyn also on the West Coast. Much to Marilyn’s surprise and delight, the group learned of her whereabouts from various sources, including movie magazines and her hairdresser. Many times the team simply waited for Marilyn outside of her hotel, her home, or events she was attending. Over time, Marilyn came to know each member of the group, even inviting them to the Roxbury, CT home she shared with then husband Arthur Miller for a picnic. Marilyn frequently autographed the photos the group had taken of her and also was known to give them gifts.Lock of Marilyn Monroe’s hairThe extraordinary Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Photo Archive spans nearly the entirety of Monroe’s career, from the late 1940s through to 1962. The collection includes photographs she and other members of the Monroe Six took of Marilyn, along with photographs she personally collected through the years. Rare items from the archive include unseen Marilyn Monroe1color photos of Marilyn as she sang “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, never-before-seen slides of Marilyn on location as she filmed the now famous subway skirt-blowing scene for The Seven Year Itch, a large collection of many unpublished photos of Marilyn at the 1955 premiere of East of Eden, rare photos of Monroe on the set in Phoenixwhile filming Bus Stop in 1956, and a photo of Marilyn with her dog Maf that is very likely a photograph never seen before.Other rare highlights include eleven color slides which show Marilyn and Arthur Miller following the premiere of Some Like It Hot in 1959, some of which have likely never been seen. One slide in the collection shows Monroe sitting in the back of a vehicle with a bird in a cage on her lap, likely “Butch,” the Millers’ pet parakeet. Home movies in the archive show remarkable footage of Marilyn departing her apartment in New York on May 30, 1958. Other footage shows Marilyn attending an event at the Italian Consulate on May 13, 1959, where she received the David di Donatello Award for her work in The Prince and The Showgirl. The movie still and publicity photos in the Frieda Hull collection are unparalleled, with photographs from twenty-seven of Marilyn’s thirty films, ranging in years from 1947 through 1962. The impressive Bus Stop archive includes approximately 150 movie stills, 30 publicity photographs, and 18 lobby cards.Rare photos of Marilyn with her dog MafThe Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Photo Archive includes over 550 color and black & white candid snapshots and photographs, over 150 color slides, nearly 750 movie stills, publicity photos and lobby cards, and personal home movies.Also to be offered during the Marilyn Monroe event and as part of the Frieda Hull Collection are locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair.Additional items from the Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Collection being offered at Julien’s Auctions include autographed photos and snapshots, Frieda Hull’s original ticket and program to a 1962 JFK Madison Square Garden gala, a Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller autographed Gladstone Hotel menu, Frieda’s “Monroe Six” badge, a scarf Marilyn gifted to Frieda, a Marilyn Monroe calendar, and vintage Marilyn Monroe albums.The Marilyn Monroe Auction Event in November at Julien’s Auctions will be one of the most remarkable opportunities for collectors to obtain items from the personal life and career of the world’s most legendary screen icon — Marilyn Monroe. (photos: Marilyn Monroe)

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Collector David Gainsborough-Roberts to Offer Exquisite Marilyn Monroe Collection at Julien’s Auctions

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 aprile 2016

Marilyn MonroeLondon Wednesday, May 25 — Monday, June 20th, 2016 Monday — Saturday: 10:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour Lots Road. SW10 0XE. No Business Like Show Business GownBeverly Hills, California Julien’s Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced the auction of the David Gainsborough-Roberts Marilyn Monroe Collection. Comprising film costumes, personal gowns and clothing, jewelry, and property owned by Marilyn Monroe, together with original photographs and film posters, this prolific and historic collection is undoubtedly the most important Marilyn Monroe archive of combined professional and personal property to hit the collecting market in decades. Collector David Gainsborough-Roberts is known to have amassed the world’s largest collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia which he has carefully and lovingly curated for years.Some Like it Hot Cocktail DressFilm worn costumes included in this sale cover an extensive portion of Marilyn’s acting career, from “Niagara,” released in 1953, to “Some Like It Hot,” released in 1959. Seven of Marilyn’s most notable films are represented in this auction with many created by award winning designers and well known costumers of Hollywood yesteryear.Extraordinary highlights from the screen icon’s life include the sheer beaded and sequined dress Monroe wore as she crooned “I’m Through With Love” in the award winning film “Some Like it Hot,” which today is considered one of the greatest comedy films ever. The film won the best picture Golden Globe in 1960. Monroe won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Sugar Kane, perhaps one of her most famous roles. Orry-Kelly won the 1959 Academy Award for costume design for his work on this film. Other highlights include the white full-length gown of satin with sheer overlay embellished with faux pearls created by Academy Award nominated designer Beatrice Dawson and worn by Marilyn in “The Prince and The Showgirl,” the second of two films produced by Marilyn Monroe Productions. The Academy Award nominated designer Beatrice Dawson created this costume. Monroe won the French and Italian equivalents of the American Academy Award for her portrayal of Elsie Marina in this film opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.
no businessHow to Marry a Millionaire Earrings“Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest and most endearing screen icons of our time,” said Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “We are so honored to be working with David Gainsborough-Roberts with his incredible collection of Marilyn Monroe artifacts. He has meticulously archived so many important aspects of Marilyn’s career and personal life.”
Seven Year Itch GlovesThe elaborate stage costume worn by Marilyn as she sang, “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It” in the 1953 comedy “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” designed by one of Marilyn’s all-time favorite designers, Academy Award winning designer William “Billy” Travilla, is also part of the collection being offered by Julien’s Auctions. Other costumes includes the green satin one-piece with black sequins and gold fringe Marilyn wore as she sang “That Old Black Magic” in “Bus Stop”, which was the first of two films produced by her new production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions.
Bus Stop CostumeMarilyn Monroe New Faces AwardMarilyn received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Cherie, and the film itself was nominated for the Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy Golden Globe, and also the famous “wiggle dress” designed by Dorothy Jenkins for the 1953 thriller “Niagara.” This feature film established Marilyn as a star, and showcased her dramatic acting abilities. While ultimately not worn in the film, Marilyn wore this dress to various events and for publicity photos.
Additional film pieces offered include costumes from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Let’s Make Love,” and “The Misfits,” along with a pair of rhinestone earrings worn by Monroe in “How To Marry A Millionaire.” Publicity worn items include the 19th century style bodice Monroe wore when she was photographed by Jack Cardiff in 1957, and also the lilac colored satin leotard Marilyn wore to be photographed by Richard Avedon when she posed as Lillian Russell for a 1958 feature in Life magazine. Personal wardrobe pieces from Marilyn Monroe include a black cocktail dress by Ceil Chapman, a favorite of Marilyn’s, and also the full length evening gown Marilyn wore to the 1955 premiere of “The Rose Tattoo.”
Bus Stop Cast Signed Stetson“More than half a century after her death, the world remains fascinated by Marilyn Monroe’s beauty and talent,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “The collection David has amassed over the years is beyond incredible. The amazing costumes, personal items, and archived materials will set a new standard for auctions of Marilyn Monroe artifacts. Without a doubt, this auction is unprecedented in every way imaginable and Julien’s Auctions is proud to host it.”
Additional highlights include personal prescriptions, evening gloves, jewelry, shoes, household items, and Marilyn Monroe’s Detroit Free Press “New Faces Award” from 1952. (foto: Marilyn Monroe, no business)

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Extremely Rare and Important Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe Presented by Julien’s Auctions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 novembre 2014

Marilyn MonroeBeverly Hills, California Friday December 5 – Saturday December 6, 2014 Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, has announced one of its most rare and extraordinary auctions to date, The Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe. The collection is a remarkable look into the private life of screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and features extremely personal items never before seen by the public. This collection which was originally given to her mentor and coach Lee Strasberg who later gifted it to a friend features love letters, photographs, personal items, personal records and documents and other memorabilia which were in the possession of Marilyn Monroe herself. They offer a rare glimpse into the private life of Monroe through the various mementos she chose to keep herself.The collection was stored away until recently. The Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe is a collection of over 200very rare items which will be auctioned during the highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event to be held December 5 & 6, 2014 at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Blvd. Letters from Joe written to Marilyn proclaiming his undying love after their separation and Arthur Miller’s brilliantly written love letters to Monroe during their courtship and marriage are so personal, so emotional and so captivating that one can’t help but think of how deeply loved Monroe was loved throughout her lifetime by these two men.Monroe saved a number of them contained within this collection. In them, Miller expresses his love and encourages a despairing Monroe. A letter from Joe DiMaggio, written just after Monroe revealedin a press conference that the pair was getting a divorce, asks Monroe to come back to him. Also present are handwritten letters Monroe never sent, one is a response intended for Miller.The outstanding collection also includes personal photographs, contact sheets, contracts, personal letters and messages. It includes other letters from actors like Cary Grant, Jane Russell and others as well as Hollywood management and elite. Monroe’s personal copy of a behind-the-scenes film reel from The Misfits is also among the items that will be sold. The 16mm, 19 minute film begins with the cast arriving in Reno, Nevada for filming and ends with a beach scene from the film where Monroe leaps from the water into Clark Gable’s arms. The reel is an extraordinary piece of Hollywood history and Monroe’s own collection of personal items. Other highlights of this rare archive include photographs Monroe kept of herself from Manfred Kreiner, Milton Greene, Cecil Beaton and numerous contact sheets from the set of The Misfits; prescriptions and letters from her doctors; cards and gift enclosures from her friends and admirers – including Marlon Brando; financial records; numerous phone messages received while she was a guest at the Beverly Hills Hotel; and letters from 20th Century Fox and other career related documents. “We are all in awe of this opportunity to offer such a rare collection and glimpse into Marilyn Monroe’s life,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “You can’t help but get emotional on several levels when you have the chance to read the letters and view some of the
photographs and witness Marilyn’s own attempt at correspondence.” “In addition to the stunning array of items being offered from The Lost Archive of Marilyn Monroe, we will offer a collection of additional Marilyn Monroe memorabilia,” said Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “We are so proud of the reputation we have been able to build for selling rare and fine Marilyn Monroe items and are quite sure that this auction will not disappoint.”Other highlights of the auction include Marilyn Monroe’s “favorite coat” worn in the mid- to late-1950s, numerous photographs of Monroe ina silk and velvet classic and her black velvet cocktail dress and opera coat. Additionally, collectors will have the chance to bid on her rhinestone studded hairpins; make-up; jewelry; ultra-personal lingerie and many other decorative items from Monroe’s homes. Also included is a collection of items from Monroe’s biographer, Lois Banner. This includes many items discussed in Banner’s book Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, including a Poucette painting, photographs, letters written by Monroe’s mother,
financial documents, and an article manuscript written by Arthur Miller.

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Christie’s will offer Andy Warhol’s White Marilyn

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 aprile 2014

marilynNew York – On May 13, Christie’s will offer Andy Warhol’s White Marilyn, 1962, one of the most iconic portraits created by the artist and widely recognized as one of the finest examples of Warhol’s greatest and most sensational bodies of work, the Death and Disasters series. The spectacular White Marilyn (estimate: $ 12–18 million), a stunning image of one of Hollywood’s larger-than-life legends, was created immediately after Monroe’s untimely death in 1962, when Warhol became fascinated with the idea of Monroe as a pre-fabricated media product.  White Marilyn emerges as an emblem of 1960s Pop. Belonging to the twelve “single Marilyns” mentioned by Warhol in POPism, White Marilyn was one of eight Marilyns selected for Warhol’s first one-man exhibition at Eleanor Ward’s renowned Stable Gallery in New York in 1962, and was once part of her personal collection.“We are extremely proud to present White Marilyn, one of the nucleuses of Warhol’s first ever and most significant solo exhibition organized by Eleanor Ward for the Stable Gallery in 1962.  With his unique ability to fuse painting and photography into an unforgettably iconic image, Warhol condensed all the themes of his art in this magnificent White Marilyn which keeps one such icon alive and forever in style. Compared to the perfectly coiffed media propagated publicity images of the actress, in White Marilyn she appears touched by humanity, and transcends reality to become a modern Saint. Warhol dedicated this work to Ward and expressed his gratitude scattering hearts on the reverse of the painting. Warhol gave Mint Marilyn to Jasper Johns, Gold Marilyn Monroe and Blue Marilyn were acquired by Phillip Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Barr before being gifted respectively to the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, and the Princeton University Art Museum.” declared Laura Paulson, Christie’s Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art.

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The True Value of a Priceless Dress From Next’s Style Secrets blog

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 aprile 2012

Cover of "The Seven Year Itch"

Cover of The Seven Year Itch

London, (PRNewswire) The latest Next fashion blog explores if it is possible to place a value on some of the world’s most iconic dresses. With some dresses that are, quite literally, priceless; springing from a designer’s subconscious, involving the work of seamstresses in their droves and worn once only for Hollywood’s red carpet, their latest infographic discovers if it is possible to place a value on some of the world’s most iconic dresses. Burning 270,000 calories… watching My Week With Marilyn 180 times… or hearing Gordon Ramsay say his 32,680th swear word… just some of the things that could happen in the 300 hours it took to make the stunning Louis Vuitton dress Michelle Williams wore to this year’s Oscars. So what really is the true value of a priceless dress? Although in 2002 the most expensive red carpet ensemble was £5,000,000, you can treat yourself to something a little more purse friendly from Next’s evening, party and maxi dress collection, with coordinating shoes and stylish clutch bags. Whether you’re looking for the Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s look, or that famous floaty dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, Next have some timeless alternatives without the red carpet price tag. In their branded collections, Lipsy has a stunning range of little black dresses with glittery embellishments whilst Geri by Next has a gorgeous white prom dress; a modern take on Marilyn’s. Brimming with all the latest trends, Next has the best in on-trend womenswear, menswear, children’s and homeware. Love what you see? Visit next.co.uk for the full dress collection and shop by 9pm to enjoy next day delivery*. To enjoy the infographic for yourself, or share it on your own blog, simply visit blog.next.co.uk/the-true-value-of-a-priceless-dress/

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