Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


Unseen images of Marilyn Monroe before she found fame have emerged at an auction of memorabilia featuring the legendary glamour girl.

Photographs and personalised pieces of the blonde bombshell of ‘Some Like It Hot’ fame will go under with hammer as part of Heritage’s Entertainment auction next month (APRIL 15) and expected to raise £14,500.

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Three lots of never before seen images of a pre-famous Marilyn Monroe with a security guard outside a major movie studio believed to be 20th Century Fox are estimated at $1,000 (700GBP) each.

The pictures with Aviv Wardimon, who immigrated from Israel, show the unlikely friendship between the pair prior to fame.

Showing her in three different outfits and with shoulder length brown hair, often alongside Wardimon, whose name would later be changed to Blackman.

The shots remained hidden until recent family members discovered them and recognised the ever-iconic Monroe.

Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment Memorabilia, said: “We have a few lots of never before seen snapshots taken when she is between 21-22 years old.

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“We dated it by her haircut, it is still long, down to her shoulders and a light brown that turns light strawberry blondish in certain lights.

“These have never been seen before, she’s standing outside on the back of 20th Century Fox, she’s with a man.

“It was a mystery to the man’s own family, they know he worked as a security guard at one of the studio lots and had come over from Israel with his wife and children.

“Marilyn is with him for most of the shots, they obviously had some sort of a friendship

“She’s in three different outfits so it could be from three different days, she must have known him beyond being a passing acquaintance.

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“There are three lots, I have a feeling he had a massive crush on her, saw her on the lot and had these early shots of her.

“When the family found them, they said ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Marilyn Monroe.’”

“It’s amazing nearly 56 years after her death, she’s just as popular as she ever was, I’m one of many millions to love her still.

“It’s the classic, she was pretty and so talented, made it to the top from nothing.

“She made it without any family or friend connections to the industry, never knew her parents, didn’t have an education and then she checked out at the age of 36.”

Rare black and white signed photographs where Marilyn Monroe thanks her co-workers in similar notes ‘It’s a pleasure to work with you’ are estimated at $7,000 (5kGBP) and $4,000 (2.8kGBP)

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Publicity shots including an unseen postcard where Marilyn and another female were hired as pin-ups for the 1947 National Postmasters Convention in Los Angeles.

The images again show a pre-famous Marilyn and are estimated at $1,000 (700GBP).

Margaret said: “Another item that I have never seen before are snapshots from a postcard of Marilyn and another starlet working as pretty girls at some post master general convention in Las Vegas.

“We also have her early publicity shots then two great Marilyn Monroe signed photographs, when she became big.

“No one has seen them before, when she had long hair no one knew who she was.

“I love that she cuts her hair short and becomes famous, going from the classic WW2 era look to the 50s bombshell hair.”

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A signed menu from Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s honeymoon in Hawaii in 1954 is estimated to go for $2,000 (1.4kGBP).

In her note, she penned ‘The food was wonderful’ before writing her name ‘Marilyn Monroe DiMaggio’.

Although her marriage to the New York Yankee’s baseballer Star nicknamed Joltin’ Joe, would end within a year the menu preserves a precious moment of the couple’s life.

Margaret said: “This is when she flew from LA to Hawaii, she was only there for a night and went to a Trader Vic’s restaurant, which was very 50s.

“She signed the menu with something cute, then Joe signed the next page and Joe’s friend who went on the honeymoon with them.

“Marilyn was obviously signing it for the waiter or owner, if it was just a fan she wouldn’t have commented on the food.”

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Never before seen photographs from Marilyn Monroe’s visit to Korea, shortly after her honeymoon with soldiers and close-ups of her in a spaghetti-strapped dress on stage, are estimated at $2,000 (1.4kGBP).

Margaret said: “The photographs with the Korean military come-up frequently but they are all very different, there were lots of soldiers on the base and she was performing to thousands upon thousands of troops.

“Even though we have seen them over and over again, they are never the exact same shots and there are some particularly striking and funny images on stage.

“At the time, she was the biggest movie star in the world, spectacularly beautiful, could sing and dance, they were thrilled it would be like if Beyoncé showed up.”

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SOME OF THE MARILYN MONROE AUCTION ITEMS

A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, Circa 1953: $6,000+

A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, Circa 1953: $4,000+

A Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Signed Menu from Their Honeymoon, 1954: $2,000+

Marilyn Monroe Group of Black and White Never-Before-Seen Snapshots from Korea, 1954: $2,000+

A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Small Black and White Publicity Photographs, Circa 1947: $1,000+

A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Small Black and White Publicity Photographs, Circa 1947: $1,000+

A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Snapshots, Circa 1947: $1,000

A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Photographs, Circa 1947: $1,000

A Marilyn Monroe Group of Rare Black and White Photographs, Circa 1947: $1,000