BOSTON-Today Artfact, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, announced that it currently has, exclusively at auction online, one of the largest collections of unpublished images of Marilyn Monroe from the collection of celebrity fashion photographer Milton H. Greene.
This Marilyn Monroe photography live auction begins on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM PST and is offered by the auction house Profiles in History. The collection includes 82 lots (lots 1 through 82) of Marilyn Monroe photography with some never before seen at auction until now. The 3,700 camera negatives comprising the Marilyn Monroe portion of the Greene archive represent the largest sequence from the actress’s mature working life ever offered for public sale. In addition, the images in this exclusive collection are being sold with copyright enabling a potential buyer to print images from the negatives and transparencies, sell them and license the material.
“These Marilyn Monroe negatives and transparencies are, by far, the most amazing and iconic archive of unpublished images from the property of renowned celebrity and fashion photographer, Milton H. Greene,” stated Lou Bustamante, creative director, Profiles in History. “This is one of the most important celebrity photography offerings of our time.”
“Artfact is proud to bring this fabulous and extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe photography to the public. As one of our greatest cultural icons and celebrities, we’re thrilled to showcase this exclusive line-up featuring Marilyn Monroe,” said Artfact CEO Rob Weisberg.
The collection of Marilyn Monroe color and black-and-white photography ranges from the formal, to the fashionable to the provocative. It includes transparencies and negatives from some of her most well-known sessions with Greene, including their first day together (the “Balalaika” sitting), the “Ballerina” sitting, the “Nude” sitting and images related to her work in such films as “Bus Stop” and “The Prince and the Showgirl”.
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model and singer, who became a major celebrity, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. Monroe and Greene began working together in 1953 and shot more than 50 sittings over the course of four years. Greene experienced considerable success in a career that spanned more than four decades, and was well known for his work featured in such publications as Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
This exclusive auction also includes a number of other significant items from Greene’s portfolio, including negatives and transparencies from well-known sessions with Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen and Audrey Hepburn. Online bidding is now available on Artfact.com and will remain open leading up to the sale on Saturday, July 27 AT 11:00 AM PST.
Artfact is the world leader in developing SaaS and ecommerce applications for the auction industry. Comprised of Auctionzip.com, Artfact.com, Invaluable.com and RFC Systems, Artfact is the world’s largest live auction marketplace, reaching over 30 million unique bidders a year, and serving more than 25,000 individual auction houses globally. Through Artfact’s web properties, more than 3 million visitors per month arrive at the virtual doorsteps of auctioneers with unprecedented access to search and buy from over 160,000 auctions each year with a combined value of over $25 billion. For additional information, visit www.artfact.com.
About Profiles in History
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com.