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Julien’s Auctions – Anna Nicole Smith & Marilyn Monroe

Each year in June, an auction is held that contains amazing Marilyn Monroe items.  I purchased my Marilyn Monroe hat from Julien’s.  The current auction is taking place in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood on June 26 and 27.  I’m disappointed that I’ll be missing the public exhibit of the items by just a few days, as I’ll be in Vegas for my wedding.

You can browse the entire catalogue online at http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2010/hollywood-legends/icatalog.html

Lots of Marilyn items including those from the estate of Dr. Ralph Greenson.  Items include;  Funeral program and chest ex-ray (which I already posted about HERE).

There is a whole section on Anna Nicole Smith’s items.  I was amazed to see all of the Marilyn items she had.  There are even pieces of furniture she had custom made with portraits of Marilyn.  It is apparent that she was a true fan.

  

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Marilyn Eyeglasses Case

Just came across this cute eyeglasses case.  It also comes with a matching micro-fibre cloth.  Click on the image to see it on Amazon.

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Marilyn Monroe Hoodies

Thanks to Valarie for sending along this link.  This guy hand makes zip up hoodies (he uses American Apparel brand) with faces on the hoods.  One of the designs features Marilyn.  

http://www.headhoods.com/style13.html

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Rare Footage From Some Like it Hot

Looks like there is some more rare Marilyn footage up for auction.  It is wonderful how all these great treasures keep showing up!

Bideo.com is hosting an online auction for a never before published amateur video of Marilyn Monroe on the set of the film Some Like It Hot. The listing marks the 50‐year anniversary of Monroe’s Golden Globe victory for her historic performance in the highly acclaimed comedy on March 8, 1960. The 20 day auction will run concurrently from March 8th to March 28th, the 51st anniversary of the movie’s 1959 premiere.

Captured by a young sailor who was personally invited to the set by Monroe, the 2‐and‐a‐half minute home video reveals a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of what the American Film Institute dubbed the greatest American comedy of all time. It depicts a casual, candid and carefree side of the venerated actress on the beach, dressed in a bathing suit and short terrycloth robe, as she playfully interacts with cast, crew and fans between takes at the Hotel Del Coronado Resort.

Also visible in the film is celebrated director Billy Wilder, in shades and baseball cap, angrily brooding back‐and‐forth with frustrating demeanor. Monroe’s infinite breaks and frequent distraction from working were constant sources of stress and annoyance for Wilder, resulting in a notoriously turbulent on‐set relationship between director and star. The footage dates back to a difficult and important period in the actress’ life, as her pregnancy began inducing noticeable weight gain and complications in her highly publicized marriage to Arthur Miller proliferated.

Co‐star Tony Curtis also makes an appearance from the familiar wicker sun chair featured in the memorable beach scene where Curtis first explains and reveals the film’s title in an exchange with Monroe. Off set Curtis infamously likened kissing Marilyn to “kissing Hitler.”

Presumed lost for decades, the original 8mm reel recently resurfaced in Australia when the creator’s daughter discovered it among his belongings. In 2008 it was sold to an anonymous collector in Melbourne for $14,624.00 USD. Plans to commercialize the video never materialized, and the current owner is hoping to find it a more suitable home by selling the full copyright and original reel through the Bideo platform.

Bideo.com, launched in January, is an online auction house for newsworthy user generated photos and video. The site was created for “right‐place‐right‐time” citizen journalists as a profitable alternative to giving away their exclusive and often amazing images to publications for free.

CEO and founder Pike Barkerding considers the shot an ideal opportunity for the new exchange. “This is precisely the kind of situation Bideo is meant to facilitate. And as one of the first examples of user generated video, it’s about as symbolic as it is iconic,” says Barkerding. “We hope it will further prove Bideo’s value to the abundance of citizen photojournalism seen today, which is too often given away without proper compensation or recognition to the creator.”

The 3‐week auction is currently underway on Bideo.com, where the starting bid is set just below the former sale price at $14,000 USD. On March 28th the winning bidder will receive the non‐watermarked digital file, a DVD copy, the original 8mm Kodak reel, and exclusive, full commercial rights to the footage. All copies including the watermarked proof will be deleted thereafter.

To view the clip, please visit www.bideo.com. For additional information, please contact Matthew Bowes at 504/897‐0462 ormatthew@bondpublicrelations.com.

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Marilyn in Manhattan

If anyone is looking for this 1998 documentary it has been added to my site.  

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New Franklin Mint Doll – Eternally Marilyn

It has been 5 years since the Franklin Mint released a new Porcelain Marilyn Monroe doll.  So I was excited to see the new Eternally Marilyn.  She seems to be based on the Richard Avedon photos of Marilyn in a black sequined dress with a fur wrap.  The only difference is that they went with a black wrap on the doll.

I love dolls that have been created since 2000.  Their poses are interesting and I think they do a great job capturing Marilyn’s likeness.  The earlier dolls leave a lot to be desired.  I also like that they are using less “famous” outfits.  I get tired of seeing the same film worn costumes all the time.  Marilyn has a library of amazing photographs and it is great to see them come to life in doll form.

If you are interested in ordering her please follow this link to the doll section of my website and scroll down to the No. 18 doll where you will see an ordering link.  I appreciate everyone who visits my site to order their franklin mint dolls as I get a small commission which helps to pay the hosting fees – and keeps those annoying pop-up ads off my site.

You can get a discount at Franklin Mint using these codes until Dec 31, 2009.    Save 25% when you spend $300 (Code XM25),  Save 20% when you spend $250 (Code XM20) and Save 10% when you spend $150 (Code XM10).

For those who live in Canada, I will add a link here shortly to a distributor in Canada for the Franklin Mint Products.

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Rare Marilyn DVDs Available

There have been lots of good and bad documentaries and bio-pics about Marilyn over the years.  If there is a particular title you are looking for I might have it available at http://www.marilynmonroe.ca/dvds/  

I also have films, Korea footage and the Christies Auction.  Some of my favourites that I recommend are Marilyn vs Marilyn, The Last Interview and The Untold Story starring Catharine Hicks as Marilyn.  

If you have any questions please let me know.

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