28 March 2012

Hollywood Legends Auction: Full of amazing Marilyn photos, gowns and one very funky chair

Intimate: Trusted make-up artists Allan 'Whitey' Snyder took these charming shots of a 27-year-old Marilyn Monroe relaxing between takesA few weeks ago I blogged about the oh so gorgeous Marilyn Monroe, that just makes you want to go and do a few squats and reverse crunches, whatever they are. You can read the post about the exhibition on her in London here and see some gorgeous dresses and beautiful photos.

Well, it seems to be Marilyn mania at the moment, because as part of the Hollywood Legends Auction that is being held in Beverly Hills on the 31st March and 1st April, there are beautiful unseen photos of the star, calenders, telegrams and letters that are expected to reach a tidy sum. By the way if your man suddenly decides to go to Beverley Hills for the weekend, its probably due to the fact that a rare calender is on sale featuring Marilyn's nude Playboy photograph, well who can blame him really.

The auction that contains over 100 never seen before photos have pictures of Marilyn at 27, just before she hit international stardom. The pictures are taken by her then make up artist Allan 'Whitey' Snyder, who use to take photographs of Marilyn before filming to calm her nerves, sadly Rescue Remedy and Fox biscuits weren't around then. The photos are taken on location of her first leading role for Niagra in 1953. Whitey who died in 1994 was Marilyn's makeup artist for 16 years and had unlimited access to her. Although, I doubt he saw her in Froggy PJ's with smudged morning makeup, Marilyn was far too glamorous for that. The pictures show Marilyn at incredible ease looking young, fresh and extremely beautiful. They show that happiness and being comfortable in your own skin makes a picture far more beautiful, then piling six layers of foundation on.

Trusted: Allan Snyder's photos are remarkable for the obvious warmth of his relationship with Monroe and show none of the stage fright which she struggled with throughout her careerPlayful: Snyder spent hours coaxing and comforting Monroe as she prepared to film her scenes and managed to snap the intimate picturesPlayful: Snyder spent hours coaxing and comforting Monroe as she prepared to film her scenes and managed to snap the intimate picturesStunning: The unseen photographs show a carefree Marilyn Monroe soaking up the sun on a beach between film takesTrusted: The collection of Allan Snyder's pictures of Monroe show the movie star looking at ease away from the film cameras Unseen: The never-before-seen photos of relaxed film star Marilyn Monroe are expected to sell for thousands of dollars when they go before an auction in Beverly Hills, California
Friendship: Make-up artist Allan Snyder built up a close relationship with Marilyn Monroe, enabling him to take the series of shots of the relaxed film star
There are other pictures from sets of some of her most famous films, including 'Gentleman Prefer Blondes', 'The Prince and the Showgirl' and 'Something's Got to Give.

On set of 'Let's Make Love'

On set of 'Something's Got to Give'

This undated image released by Julien's Auctions, shows a Tiffany Money Clip, stamped 14K gifted to Snyder from Monroe
Also up for auction is a 14K engraved Tiffany Money Clip. It's inscribed with 'Whitey Dear, While I'm still warm Marilyn.' Nope I don't understand it either.

This group of six original color transparency slides shows Monroe on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'
Slides of Marilyn on set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl
A Western Union Telegram from Marilyn Monroe to Snyder upon her being fired from the film 'Something's Got to Give'
Remember the old days where we didn't have some strange thing called e-mail, text language didn't even exist and telegrams were sent? Well some lucky bidder can reminisce with this Western Union Telegram that Marilyn sent to Whitey, when she was fired from her film 'Something's Got To Give.' It said 'Dear Whitey, It was not my doing. I had so looked forward to working with you. Warmly Marilyn.' I swear the woman talks in riddles.

Charlie Chaplin's driver's license originating from family members and the Estate of Charlie Chaplin will go under the hammer in the Hollywood Legends sale
Also up for auction are some of Marilyn's pantaloons worn in 'River of No Return' ($20,000-$40,000). But the auction does not only contain Marilyn Monroe items, oh no film buddies and music lovers can be treated with items from a whole range of stars. It includes Charlie Chaplin's iconic cane (Est $20,000-$30,000) a Charlie Chaplin film worn suit (Est $20,000- $30,000) and a number of his own personal items including his own driver's license (Est $2,000- $4,000).

Clark Gable's riding jacket from Gone With The WindChristopher Reeve Superman CostumeOther movie highlights include  a Charlton Heston screen worn robe (Est $30,000- $50,000), screen used tablets from The Ten Commandments (Est $20,000- $30,000) and Clark Gable's riding jacket from 'Gone With The Wind' ( Est $20,000-$30,000).
There is also a Christopher Reeve 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace' costume on sale (Est $20,000- $30,000), a Complete Batman costume on a custom display from 'Batman Returns' (Est $60,000- $80,000) and a Turbo Man costume from the Arnold Schwarzenegger holiday film 'The Golden Girls' (Est $400-$600).
These would be the perfect present for your man, but you might have to sacrifice buying shoes for about five years. That's just not possible for me, sorry Mr, Boyfriend I'm sure you would have loved walking around in a Superman costume all day.

Ivory GownPresident John F. Kennedy's Rocking ChairOriginal films posters are on sale ranging from Casablanca (Est $2,000- $3,000), 'Gone With the Wind' (Est $1,000- $2,000) and Some Like it Hot Est ($2,000-$3,000).
Political fans can indulge in President John F. Kennedy's Rocking Chair (Est $50,000- $70,000), now you won't find that in Ikea.

Also on sale is a vest worn by the late Whitney Houston in 'The Bodyguard' and memorabilia from Sammy Davis Jr, James Dean, Frank Sinatra and loads more items owned by hunky men and beautiful women.

One of the gems of the collection is a vintage Christian Dior gown worn by Princess Diana (Est $10,000- $20,000) and another dress worn by her designed by Catherine Walker (Est 60,000- $80,000).

You can view more of the 800 piece collection and take a sneek peek at the online catalogue here.  Doesn't times like this make you wish you filled out fifty lottery tickets or married a footballer?

Second Hand Rose


  1. Rose have you seen the movie My Weekend with Marilyn? It is wonderful and gives a real insight into what she was really like, and I lvoe that it is in England. It's about when she was filming The Prince and the Showgirl. I am not sure if it is adding to the mania for Marilyn things, or simply benefitting from them, but either way it adds to the vibe! :)

  2. Wow she really was such a beautiful woman! I love to see the natural photos of her, shes really an amazing example of natural beauty!

    Love, Elizabeth xx


  3. I just watched Niagara (again) over the weekend...she's so great in that movie! I wonder if the auction is open to the public...I live nearby so I might be able to see the things in person!
    Thanks for a fun post!

  4. Wow, fabulous blog! I love these pictures of Marilyn.
    I'm terribly sorry I haven't visited and commented sooner, you've been so lovely with your comments on my own. I'll definitely be taking the time to go through your back posts :)

  5. Heya, have you seen 'My week with Marilyn'? I really want to see it and don't know anyone that has, need to find out if it's any good and i thought you might have seen it :) i love these photos, the black and white ones are gorgeous!

  6. Amazing pics of Ms Monroe and such precious memorabilia! Wish I could attend the auction too, not to buy but just to be able to watch such collectibles in person.

  7. great post - love the good vibe anf if you attend the auction have loads of fun and nice purchases!!
    have a wonderful weekend!!

  8. Lovely photos thanks! As to the engraving, Maybe it was just before "some like it hot", so she was warm? who knows?! Deb xxx

  9. Amazing items!
    Especially loving that last gown!


  10. Once again, a brilliant, informative, inspiring post! Marilyn Monroe is the epitome of femininity and class. Check out that hourglass figure! I would give four kisses and a doughnut for a body like hers!


  11. She was so beautiful even in 'normal' photos! I love the pic on the boat. Great post SHR :)



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