Photos of Marilyn Monroe’slast sitting for sale
PHILADELPHIA— Arare portfolio of photographs from Marilyn Monroe’slast sitting is up for grabs to the high-est bidder.Freeman’s auction house inPhiladelphia estimates the limited-edi-tion portfolio of 10 photos, made fromfashion photographer Bert Stern’soriginal negatives from his June 1962assignment for Vogue, could fetch$10,000 to $15,000 when it goes onthe block Sept. 10.The photos will be on view to thepublic starting Sept. 6, said AimeePﬂieger, head of the century-old auctionhouse’s photography division.Stern, who died in June at age 83,took more than 2,500 photos of theHollywood icon over three days at theHotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. The 20-by-20-inch portfolio photos are fromthe ﬁrst day, when Stern and Monroewere alone before the arrival of a cadreof Vogue staffers, and project a feelingof spontaneity and playfulness thatstands out from the others.“He brought a turntable and speakersand three cases of champagne,” Pﬂiegersaid. “The feeling you get from thephotos is they’re having a great time.”Six weeks after her session withStern, the 36-year-old screen siren wasfound dead in her home Aug. 5 of anapparent drug overdose. Ahalf-centurylater, she remains one of the 20th-cen-tury’s most enduring sex symbols.Stern’s photos were a sensation,partly because they were taken rightbefore Monroe’s death and partlybecause they included the ﬁrst nudephotos of Monroe since 1949. Manyof the nudes show the star posing withdiaphanous scarves, paper ﬂowers andpearls in bright but diffuse natural lightthat gives the photos a dreamlike qual-ity.“She was beautiful and untouched,”Stern said. “It was as though she were just beginning.”Monroe is often described in thephotos as projecting an aura of damageand desperation, but Pﬂieger disagrees.“We project our own thoughts ontothem when we look at them,” shesaid. “To me, they’re soft, beauti-ful, clutter-free images justﬁlled with light ... they giveyou a real sense of her person-ality and playfulness.”Other Monroe photos arebeing auctioned the same day,including more from the per-sonal collection of theportfolio owner,who the auctionhouse saidwishes toremainanony-mous.Alsogoingon theauction block are nearly 100 photo-graphs from the corporate collectionof cosmetics giant Avon’s headquartersin New York City. The photographs areall by female artists from the 1910s tothe 1990s — from the little known tothe prominent Cindy Sherman andLouise Dahl-Wolfe — and focus onthemes of beauty through the eyes of women.Part of the proceeds from Avon’s auc-tion will beneﬁt the Avon Foundation,which advances efforts related tobreast cancer research and combatingdomestic vio-lence.
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Actress TawneyKitaen is 52.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Operation Big Switch began asremaining prisoners taken during theKorean War were exchanged atPanmunjom.
“What worries you,masters you.”
— John Locke,English philosopher (1632-1704).
Actress LoniAnderson is 68.Actor JonathanSilverman is 47.
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Kate MacKay,Esther Picazo and Casimiro Hernandez prepare signs to protest Ross Foti and a group of pro-lifers in South SanFrancisco on Grand Avenue Saturday morning.MacKay had considered traveling to Foti’s Belmont home to protest his useof photographs of stillborns which MacKay ﬁnds offensive.She never made it to Foti’s house,however.
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On this date:In 1864
, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G.Farragut led his ﬂeet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay,Ala.
, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’spedestal was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.
, the Progressive Party, also known as the “BullMoose Party,” convened in Chicago. (The party was formedby former President Theodore Roosevelt following a split inthe Republican Party.)
, a baseball game was broadcast for the ﬁrst time asKDKAradio announcer Harold Arlin described the actionbetween the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Philliesfrom Forbes Field. (The Pirates won, 8-5.)
, the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by HaroldGray made its debut.
, Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals.
, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead inher Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicidefrom “acute barbiturate poisoning.” South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested; it was thebeginning of 27 years of imprisonment.
, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Unionsigned a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in theatmosphere, in space and underwater.
, the U.S. space probe Mariner 7 ﬂew by Mars,sending back photographs and scientiﬁc data.
, the federal government began ﬁring air trafﬁccontrollers who had gone out on strike.
Ten years ago:
Episcopal leaders in Minneapolis voted toapprove the election of the Reverend V. Gene Robinson, anopenly gay clergyman, as bishop of the Diocese of NewHampshire.Actor John Saxon is 77. College Football Hall of Famer andformer NFLplayer Roman Gabriel is 73. Country songwriterBobby Braddock is 73. Actress Erika Slezak is 67. Rocksinger Rick Derringer is 66. Actress Holly Palance is 63.Singer Samantha Sang is 60. Actress-singer MaureenMcCormick is 57. Rock musician Pat Smear is 54. AuthorDavid Baldacci is 53. Actress Janet McTeer is 52. BasketballHall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 51. Country singer Terri Clarkis 45. Former MLB player John Olerud is 45. Actor BrendonRyan Barrett is 27.
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(Answers tomorrow)SORRYBRAVO BICKER PERMITSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:He was struggling to find a new guitarbecause he was – TOO PICKYNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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