Unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe heading to auction

BOSTON — 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auction marketplace, announced that it currently has, exclusively at auction online, one of the largest collections of unpublished images of Marilyn Monroe from the collection of celebrity fashion photographer Milton H. Greene.

“Artfact is proud to bring this fabulous and extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe

One of the photos in a collection of four color Ektachrome transparencies of Marilyn Monroe from “Black Cape and Fur” sitting by Milton Greene, circa 1955, taken during Monroe's one-year exile from public view, carries a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000. (Photo courtesy Profiles in History)

One of the photos in a collection of four color Ektachrome transparencies of Marilyn Monroe from “Black Cape and Fur” sitting by Milton Greene, circa 1955, taken during Monroe’s one-year exile from public view, carries a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000. (Photo courtesy Profiles in History)

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”

This live auction, offered by Profiles in History, is Property from the Estate of Milton H. Greene and begins at 11 am PST Saturday, July 27. The 268-lot sale features and starts with photographs of Marilyn Monroe(lots 1 through 82) 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“These Marilyn Monroe negatives and transparencies are, by far, the most amazing and iconic archive of unpublished images from the property of renowned celebrity and fashion photographer, Milton H. Greene,” stated Lou Bustamante, creative director, Profiles in History.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.

Collection of four color camera transparencies of Marilyn Monroe from “Black Raincoat” photo sitting by Milton Greene on the back lot of 20th Century-Fox film studios, circa 1956, may command $1,000 to $2,000. (Photo courtesy Profiles in History)

Collection of four color camera transparencies of Marilyn Monroe from “Black Raincoat” photo sitting by Milton Greene on the back lot of 20th Century-Fox film studios, circa 1956, may command $1,000 to $2,000. (Photo courtesy Profiles in History)

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.

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