Good Day Humboldt County!
Men and women loved her. Marilyn Monroe was a real person. Vibrant and full of life. Her fans are legion. Even today. Traveling down the road to fame wasn’t as easy as many people might have thought.
If your ready to take a stroll down memory lane, and perhaps snag a piece of Marilyn’s past, then the following auction coming up on on March 31st, is for you:
A first issue of Playboy magazine (HMH Publishing, 1953) featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover. The magazine, which launched in December 1953, sold for 50 cents a copy. 11 by 8 1/2 inches.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500 - Julien's Auctions
Darren Julien and Martin Nolan, of Julien’s Auctions, show off an eclectic mix of items that once belonged to the iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, including skis, nightgowns and a chest X-ray .
(below) Chair from Marilyn Monroe's final photo session
This Italian-style carved chair with green velvet upholstery was used in a July 1962 photo shoot with photographer Allan Grant to accompany a Life magazine article. Monroe chose her own casual clothes for the shoot. At the time of the article Monroe had just been fired from the unreleased film "Something's Got To Give."
For the auction, not just the photos are going up for sale, Nolan noted: In some cases, the rights to the photos are also up for sale -- the buyer will be able to reap royalties from republishing them. It's a good investment, said Nolan: "(Marilyn memorabilia) continue to increase year over year, it's unbelievable. ... She's still relevant today, and of course that adds value. She's a global icon." See slideshow
Time for me to walk on down the road…