Never-Before-Seen Photos of Marilyn Monroe + More Up for Auction
The biggest archive of Hollywood photography in the world will be hitting the auction block next week. Get a sneak peek of some of the pics here!
Want to spruce up your walls this spring with a never-before-seen photograph of Marilyn Monroe? Now’s your chance—for a price, of course.
According to Reuters, the Movie Star News Collection, which is believed to be the biggest archive of Hollywood photography in the world, will be hitting the auction block next week at the Arader Galleries. This will be the first time in 75 years that the archive has been open to the public.
The collection was started by photographer Irving Klaw in 1939 after striking a deal with the film studios; it includes nearly three million—THREE MILLION—posters, negatives, and photographs of stars including (besides Marilyn), James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, and more. Tens of thousands of these photographs and negatives will be sold during the auction in roughly 1,900 lots. Ore-sale estimates range from $60 to $100 for some of the pictures to a whopping $10,000 for a pair of Betty Page’s shoes (yes, there’s memorabilia, too).
Said Joanne Grant, an archivist and auctioneer at Guernsey’s, “This is probably one of the world’s largest collections of Hollywood images.” She continued, “This sale is all about black and white because it is mostly about Hollywood of the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, although Marilyn Monroe is from the ‘50s.”
The auction will be taking place over two days on April 6 and 7. Don’t have the cash to burn on one of these pics? We don’t, either—but that’s not stopping us from ogling some of our other favorite shots of Marilyn, Elizabeth Taylor, and more. Gotta love vintage Hollywood!