A Marilyn Monroe group of letters sent to her by friends and fans

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A Marilyn Monroe group of letters sent to her by friends and fans

US$ 1,500 - 2,000£ 1,200 - 1,600
A Marilyn Monroe group of letters sent to her by friends and fans
Comprising 3 transmittal envelopes from Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe postmarked February and March, 1951, with typed addresses on the envelopes but completely faded handwriting (which was done in pen) on the letters. These letters were sent after the pair first met through their mutual friendship with director Elia Kazan, when they clearly were enamored of each other, but Miller was married at the time. One of the envelopes misspells Monroe's name as "Marylin" and the other is addressed to "Miss Bower," a private joke between Kazan, Monroe, and Miller when they nicknamed Monroe "Miss Bauer." Monroe's handwriting can be seen on the back of one of the envelopes where she has written, "listen to the feeling with my body;" an Autographed Letter Signed ("Rudy Howell, Jr."), 1 p, 4to, South Korea, March 14, 1952, to Grace Goddard, with letter and original transmittal envelope all in one piece. Howell was a member of the family at whose home Marilyn Monroe's wedding to James Dougherty took place in 1942; a partial Autograph Letter from Harry Boyle (name is on the letterhead), 1 p, 8vo, Phoenix, March 2, 1949, with original transmittal envelope on the back of which Monroe has jotted down her schedule for the day: "9:45 Lytess [Natasha, Monroe's drama coach]," etc., and other information that is still readable; a group of 3 pages from what looks like a high school autograph book with sentiments written to Norma Jeane; an Autograph Letter from Gordon Provonsha Signed ("Gordon"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to, Culver City, October 6, 1948, with original transmittal envelope. Provonsha was a commercial artist who painted a portrait of Monroe for a Dolly Madison advertisement during her modeling days; an Autograph Letter from Grover Solomon Signed ("Grover"), 3 pp, 4to, Notre Dame, May 22, 1947, with original transmittal envelope, in which he responds to Monroe's recent letter; and an Autograph Letter (ink is fading but readable) Signed ("Dale Mossman"), 4 pp recto, 8vo, San Francisco, n.d. [likely 1950-51], a fan letter with 2 snapshots of Mossman in beefcake poses.
4 x 6 in. to 8.5 x 11 in.
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