Thousands of Marilyn Monroe photos by Milton Greene to be auctioned off

Thousands of never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe are going up for auction, taken by celebrated photographer Milton Greene during the 1950s.

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Thousands of never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe are going up for auction, taken by celebrated photographer Milton Greene during the 1950s.

Marilyn Monroe was the most photographed woman in the world.

Now you can own some of the most intimate photographs taken of the stunning starlet by famed photographer Milton Greene.

Nearly 4,000 photos taken by the celebrated New Yorker will be auctioned off starting July 27 by Profiles in History. And not only are they selling the images, but the sale includes the negatives, as well as the all-important and potentially valuable copyrights.

The close friendship between Monroe and Greene eventually fell apart.

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The close friendship between Monroe and Greene eventually fell apart.

“It’s a big, big deal,” Joseph Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, told The Associated Press. “It’s like selling the recipe for Coca-Cola.”

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The 3,700 images are from 52 different sessions between Monroe and Greene taken during the 1950s. Versions of some appeared on the cover of Life and Look magazines, but none of these particular images being auctioned have ever been published.

Marilyn Monroe died in 1962.

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Marilyn Monroe died in 1962.

The stunning images of the blond bombshell are expected to fetch thousands of dollars, with the individual lots of Monroe photos likely to draw between $ 1,000 to $ 15,000.

Greene’s unique relationship with Monroe allowed him to capture some of the most natural and intimate images of the buxom beauty.

The two first met in 1953. Monroe was instantly taken by Greene’s talent after seeing samples of his photos for Look magazine.

Greene and Monroe were close friends for several years, and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions together.

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Greene and Monroe were close friends for several years, and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions together.

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“I was working on a set in Hollywood, and one of the Look writers came over to the set one day and asked me if I would like to look at some pictures in a portfolio,” Monroe said during an interview with Edward R. Murrow in 1955.

She appeared on the famous newsman’s “Person to Person” show with Greene and his wife, Amy. It was filmed live from his home in Connecticut.

The thousands of photos set to go up for auction doesn’t only give the buyer the negatives of the images, but the copyright to them, as well.

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The thousands of photos set to go up for auction doesn’t only give the buyer the negatives of the images, but the copyright to them, as well.

“I saw some of the most beautiful pictures I’d ever seen,” she told Murrow. “I said, ‘ I’d like this photographer to photograph me.’ And he says ‘Well, here he is.'”

She looked him over and immediately quipped, “He’s just a boy!”

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Marilyn Monroe and Milton Greene were friends for several years in the 1950s.

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Marilyn Monroe and Milton Greene were friends for several years in the 1950s.

Greene was 31 at that time. Monroe was just 27.

The two became fast friends. So much so that together they formed Marilyn Monroe Productions in New York. The “Seven Year Itch” star even often stayed with the photographer at his Connecticut home.

Greene helped her produce two films, “Bus Stop” in 1956 and “The Prince and the Showgirl” the following year. He also became very protective of the sultry star that everyone in the world wanted to get close to.

Greene helped produce two films with Monroe: ‘Bus Stop’ in 1956 and ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ (above) in 1957.

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Greene helped produce two films with Monroe: ‘Bus Stop’ in 1956 and ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ (above) in 1957.

Journalist Ezra Goodman once remarked that Monroe was protected by a “coterie of advisors headed by Milton Greene,” according to Donald Spoto’s “Marilyn Monroe: The Biography.”

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“No one gets to Monroe without first clearing through him,” he said.

But their friendship eventually disintegrated, especially after Monroe became romantically involved with Arthur Hiller. She and Greene eventually went their separate ways.

Over a span of several decades Greene captured images of some of Hollywood’s most celebrated stars, including Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Barbara Streisand, Jane Fonda and Cary Grant. These and others are included in more than 70,000 other unpublished photos of Greene’s that are also going up for sale.

Greene died in 1985 at the age of 63.

With News Wire Services


Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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