Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. business check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Monroe, “Marilyn Monroe,” payable to Security Mutual Life Insurance for $351.39, January 22, 1957. In very good to fine condition, with expected bank stamps, scattered surface abrasions surrounding and touching the signature (evidently in an effort to remove cancellation marks), and mounting remnants and a piece of tape affixed to the reverse. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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Original 8 mm film of Marilyn Monroe visiting Army troops in South Korea in February of 1954. The film is housed on its 5″ reel and was shot at the US Army Air Base Yang Gu in South Korea by 1st Lieutenant William G. Johnson of the 24th Infantry Division, Air Section, and himself a Bronze Star recipient. Film is approximately 90 seconds in length and was shot during three different portions of Monroe’s visit. The film opens with Marilyn arriving at the base by helicopter and being greeted by several officers and escorted away from the chopper. Film then segues into Monroe in the mess hall having breakfast with several soldiers, and finishes with the actress getting into a car and being driven away, but not before blowing a kiss to the camera. In fine condition.
After spending her honeymoon in Japan with new husband Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn took a detour to Korea to entertain the troops. As part of the USO tour, she performed ten shows in four days to approximately 100,000 servicemen. She charmed the soldiers with her dancing and singing, including ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.’ She not only performed, but visited several hospitals as well. Later Monroe recalled that the trip ‘was the best thing that ever happened to me.’ While professional footage of Marilyn is available to the public, personal film of her visit is seldom-seen, the example offered here has never been made available before. RR Auction COA.
Vintage glossy 7.25 x 9.5 photo of Marilyn wrapped in white fur and a string of pearls around her neck, taken by Frank Powolny, signed and inscribed in green fountain pen “To Cheryl, Love & kisses, Marilyn Monroe.” Slightly trimmed edges, a noticeable central horizontal crease, scattered light surface marks and creases, a staple hole near each corner, and some irregular ink adhesion to signature and inscription (which are both a few shades light, but still completely legible), otherwise very good condition. This image, taken by Powolny in 1953, captures Marilyn in all her exquisite charm and beauty, the exact opposite of the adorable ‘dumb blond’ persona she had taken on at the time in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blonds and How to Marry a Millionaire. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA
Vintage ballpoint signature and inscription, “To Patsy, Love & Kisses, Marilyn Monroe,” on an irregularly clipped off-white 5 x 3.5 lined sheet. Attractively double-matted and framed with a photo of a theater marquee showing Some Like It Hot to an overall size of 15.5 x 20. In very good condition, with light irregular toning around the signature as a result of previous matting, and the trimmed edges affecting the top of the inscription. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Blank check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out by Monroe with the bank’s information, “Bank of America, Sunset and Laurel, LA 46,” and signed, “Marilyn Monroe, 882 N. Doheny,” payable for $1.24, June 1, 1953. In fine condition, with expected cancellation holes, none affecting the signature. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Exceptionally rare combination of vintage ballpoint signatures, “Marilyn Monroe” and “Joe DiMaggio,” on a 3.5 x 8.5 slip irregularly clipped from a magazine ad for savings bonds. In very good condition, with three horizontal folds, one passing through Monroe’s signature, scattered creases, and four affixed toned pieces of tape, two over small areas of the top and bottom of Monroe’s signature and one over a section of DiMaggio’s. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This is just the fifth pairing of Monroe and DiMaggio that we have offered—similar items rarely enter the marketplace. The relatively short duration of their relationship—roughly two years—make single items signed by both legends quite difficult to find. A highly desirable and incredibly scarce set of signatures from one of America’s most glamorous couples. RRAuction COA.
Twice-signed DS, three pages, 8.5 x 11, March 23, 1956. Document reads, in part: “Resolved, that Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., borrow from Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., of Burbank, California…the sum of Seventy Five Thousand ($75,000.00) Dollars, and such other sums as may, in the sole discretion of Marilyn Monroe or Milton H. Greene, be necessary for the acquisition of and payment for the literary property ‘The Sleeping Prince’ and a screen play based thereon, both written and to be written by Terence M. Rattigan.” Signed twice at the conclusion in blue ballpoint by Monroe, and also signed twice by Milton Greene. Last page is also signed by directors Joseph Carr and Irving Stein. Lower edge of each page is also initialed by Stein. In fine condition, with mild edge toning, and filing and staple holes to left edges. Spurred by Monroe’s desire to have more control over the projects in which she appeared, the pair formed an independent film production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, in 1955. Marilyn Monroe Productions became involved in the making of such films as Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl. The demise of Monroe’s and Greene’s personal and professional ties evidently began in the summer of 1956 with the filming of The Prince and Showgirl, during which Marilyn’s new husband, Arthur Miller, accused Greene of machinations to undermine Marilyn and to further his own financial interests. Greene sold his stock in the spring of 1957 for $100,000, officially severing his ties with Monroe and her company. Whatever the reasons behind the dissolution of the Greene-Monroe partnership, Greene cannot be faulted for the work he did on Marilyn’s behalf. Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl, both of which Greene personally selected for Marilyn, were finished within their budgets, and both films were considered critical and popular successes. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.