A Marilyn Monroe set of never-before-seen black and white contact sheets from "Let's Make Love"
Lot 2008
A Marilyn Monroe set of never-before-seen black and white contact sheets from "Let's Make Love"
Sold for US$ 8,400 inc. premium
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A Marilyn Monroe set of never-before-seen black and white contact sheets from "Let's Make Love"
20th Century Fox, 1960. Consisting of one-hundred and thirty-eight contact sheets, each with twenty (though sometimes less) 2 3/4 x 1 3/4-inch black and white photographs taken on the set of MM's second-to-last film. Taken over the course of the entire production, there are over 2,700 individual images in this group, hundreds of which have never before been seen. Monroe is pictured in almost every shot, though her co-stars Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Gene Kelly, Milton Berle, and others, are also prominently seen, as is director George Cukor. Most of the photographs were shot while filming was actually taking place, but there are also many candid, behind-the-scenes ones. Marilyn herself went through the book and X'd out dozens of images she didn't like, using a thick black or red ink pen, sometimes crossing herself out so thoroughly that she couldn't be seen at all. Thankfully she left hundreds of shots untouched for us to now ponder, forty-seven years later. All are housed in a 'Kodak Photographic Paper' box with handwritten annotations on it reading "Monroe / Somethings Got to Give," though pictures are clearly from "Let's Make Love."
Each Contact Sheet; 14 x 11in (all 138 of them together are 2in thick)
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