The auction house Profiles in History had a Hollywood-themed auction this week in which they sold over 3700 negatives and prints of photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken by her long time collabotar Milton Greene and other photographers who took memorable pictures of her, such as Richard Avedon. Most of the photographs sold had been published or seen by the general public before. The pictures, along with other black and white prints of vintage stars and many unique set pieces and costumes sold for over 1.3 million dollars.
The pictures of Marilyn taken by Sam Shaw while she was spending time with him and his family have an intimacy and realness to them that is rarely seen in her more posed photographs. More Norma Jeane than Marilyn in these, it shows you the woman who lived underneath the icon of her own image. The photograph above was the one that struck me the most, with little makeup and hair not perfectly arranged, Marilyn is still stunning. The other pictures of her in everyday domestic setting look almost surreal, like a photo collage with a picture of Marilyn Monroe pasted into a family’s vacation photos.
Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller photographed by Richard Avedon
Marilyn Monroe (with Marlon Brando and Arthur Miller) by Milton Greene
Marilyn Monroe by various other photographers
The other rare prints in the catalogue of other Hollywood Golden Era stars were almost stunning to see in their unaltered state. These are some of my favorites.